Sunday, January 8, 2017

Have a Little Faith (2011)


This movie, from Youtube, is found [here].

This is a 2011 made-for-TV movie, Have a Little Faith, which is based on the 2009 book of the same name by Mitch Albom [born May 23, 1958, in Passaic, New Jersey], author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. The story has two central characters who come from very different backgrounds; one is Jewish and one is Christian: Rabbi Albert L. Lewis [1917–2008], the congregational leader of Temple Beth Sholom in New Jersey; and Pastor Henry Covington [1957–2010], the spiritual leader of Pilgrim Church in Detroit.

Albom was a member of Temple Beth Sholom, a conservative Jewish congregation, when he was young. The movie opens with the rabbi making a special request to Albom, which leads him on a journey of purpose. On his site, Albom gives a synopsis of the book on which the movie is based:
As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Mitch and the two men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Although the texts, prayers and histories are different, Albom begins to realize a striking unity between the two worlds – and indeed, between beliefs everywhere. In the end, as the rabbi nears death and a harsh winter threatens the pastor’s wobbly church, Albom sadly fulfills the last request and writes the eulogy. And he finally understands what both men had been teaching all along: the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself. Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.
Such is an important moral teaching to us all: how does one live life? Truly, one can live out his faith in action, which can be more powerful than words, by doing good, by bringing forth light and by being a light in the world. Whether these are called mitzvot (מִצְווֹת ) or good deeds matters not. What matters is that they are done.

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