Jewish ‘agnostic by default’ spends a year looking for God in many unfamiliar places.
Silver Spring, Md. — If, as President Kennedy famously said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step,” Eric Weiner’s journey of tens of thousands of miles began with a single question.
She brought a mystical Jewish strain into her career in the Church and gave comfort to many converts from Judaism who struggled to maintain a connection to Jewish belief and practice. Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century saint whose grandfather was forced to renounce his Jewish identity by the Spanish Inquisition, never lost touch with her Jewish roots. In Begonya Plaza’s new play, “Teresa’s Ecstasy,” starring the playwright, the nun’s Jewish heritage is seen as a driving force in her life and work.
Although some have speculated that the successor of Pope John Paul II may devote inordinate attention to the Islamic world and less to Israel and the Jewish people, Jewish leaders who have dealt with the Vatican over the years foresee little change.