A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
In her message, Sincerely Wrong, the Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, biblical scholar and ordained church elder, reflects on those instances in our lives when in our attempt to do the right thing, we often do the wrong thing. She says, "We cause more harm than good. Sometimes our zeal to do right blinds us to our own evil. Sometimes believing we are right, time passes and we discover that we were sincerely wrong."
Dr. Renita J. Weems is a Bible scholar and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives have made her a much sought after author and speaker. Dr. Weems, formerly a member of the faculty of Vanderbilt University and former Visiting Professor at Spelman College, has been celebrated by Ebony Magazine as one of America's top 15 preachers. When she is not traveling and speaking, Dr. Weems is at home writing for Beliefnet.com, where she contributes a regular column on politics and faith, and keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program first aired in March 2002.
Rabbi Michael Siegel - Reflection on One Soul at a Time
Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev was one of the best loved of all of the Hasidic Masters. Like other Rebbes, Levi Yitzhak was thought to have remarkable spiritual powers. When he prayed, it was believed that this Rabbi had direct access to God Almighty. Levi Yitzhak was also known as a tireless advocate for the Jewish people.
One Yom Kippur Levi Yitzhak’s prayer was so powerful he found himself standing in heaven on the Day of Atonement. There before him were the scales of judgment. As Levi Yitzhak prayed the scales judging the world began to move in a positive direction. The angels could not believe what was happening. They cried out, “Levi Yitzhak, you are saving the world, don’t stop praying!” Suddenly, Levi Yitzhak looked down from heaven and saw Hayim. A poor man, he did not have enough food to fill his stomach before the great fast, and now as the day wore on, Hayim had fainted and was near death. Levi Yitzhak left heaven so that he might attend to Hayim. As he returned to earth, the angels cried out; “Levi Yitzhak, you could have saved the world!” Levi Yitzhak then heard another voice, the voice of the God Almighty, “He is saving the world.”
Friends, the world will not be saved in a world movement. No, the world is saved one soul at a time. Saving Hayim the water drawer, the most downtrodden of men, is a step toward saving the entire world. All of us can play the role of Levi Yitzhak.