Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Burt Rosenberg - Goofy Jew

"People who have come to know the joy of God
do not deny the darkness,
but they choose not to live in it.
They claim that the light that shines in the darkness
can be trusted more than the darkness itself,
and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness."
-- Henri Nouwen

Dearly Beloved Connoisseur of Jubilance,

What, pray tell, is wrong with a little light in the darkness, for heaven's sake?

And, you are most cordially invited to come to some.

Yes, we're having a little Truth Spritz of Holy Chutzpah we call a "Joy Seminar."

It will be Dec. 5th & 6th (first weekend in Dec.), at Son of David Congregation, meeting at First Baptist Church of Wheaton, 10914 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902.

Why don't you come?

I'm expecting that darkness will flee.

Because, where Light is, that's what darkness does.

Isn't that something!

The Joy Seminar will be in three sessions, each different and complete in itself. It'll be Friday evening, Dec. 5th at 7:15 pm, and Saturday 10 am service & 6:30 pm.

Yours, in the Divine Smuggling Conspiracy,


Your thoughts? Always love to hear from you!

Burt Rosenberg Ministries


Sybil said...

Ok Gabrielle; this one had the potential to wind me up all over again; but instead, I will ask you - Why do you call them out as Jews? Goofy, brilliant, cute or otherwise?

Do you not realize that used in this context, the term "Jew" has a negative, and racist connotation?

Would you point to Tiger Woods and say "Black AmeriAsian Golf Phenom?" or Cat Stevens and say "Muslim singer/songwriter?" Would you say "There's Elton John; Awesomely talented gay Grammy winner?"

Aren't they all just the golf phenom, the singer/songwriter, or the grammy winner?

Gabrielle Eden said...

Ah, Sybil, thanks so much for explaining. Now we can get down to brass tacks. See, Burt himself would call himself that. That's his calling card. He calls himself a Messianic Jew. If he saw this post he would laugh.

See, I celebrate what people are, and being Jewish is a positive thing to be celebrated, because it means so many good things about a person. Burt himself would say so. Go to his website. I love to talk about the things that are great about Jewish people. I don't always do this with all Jewish people, but with Burt, it's his "schtick!"

Now I get what you were trying to say. You have to understand my mentality. I don't think we should ignore what's different about people, because that's what makes them special, and sometimes it tells us something about the origins of their abilities and talents. I don't think we should get hung up on it, I just think it's cool to acknowledge it as something great, or "goofy" which is what Burt likes to do.

Sybil said...

You say, "I don't think we should ignore what's different about people, because that's what makes them special..."

I say, who is to say what is different, or who is different. Different than what/who?

In a synagogue, I'm different. In a mosque you're different. In Kenya, we're both different.

My point is, underneath the skin, and beyond the religion, we are human - none different from the other.

With all due respect Gabrielle, I wonder if you're willing to discuss this further with me; because I'm begining to believe that you honestly don't know that you harbor bigotry.

Now, hear me out - in this case, I'm not saying this to be mean or judgemental; in fact, I wish there were a less horrible term for it, because I'd use it here. There are SO many people in this world who are bigots, and don't even realize it. I was one of them, once upon a time.

When we look at our fellow human brothers & sisters, as "different" because of ethnicity, or religion, or sexual orientation, or political persuasion, we are guilty of bigotry.

What do you think about what I've said? I'm honestly curious.

Gabrielle Eden said...


I appreciate that you are trying to reach me with your concerns, but I honestly don't think that I am a bigot. I know in my heart that what I feel is love and not bigotry. I think that you ought to write to Burt, because he is a friend of mine. You can write to him at burtrose@aol.com. He might be able to explain what I mean.

When I single people out because of their ethnicity, it is because I am enjoying something about it that I love. it is completely the opposite of what you say.

I feel nothing but admiration for Jewish people, and for their strengths and that which makes them unique. Like I said, I think we should celebrate our differences.

Swedes and Norwegians have jokes about each other going all the time. Minnesotans and North Dakotans have jokes about each other. If someone says about me - there is that goofy Swede or that dorky Minnesotan, it doesn't offend me!

I think you have been strongly influenced by the time you have spent in the politically correct environment you have been in, where you have heard this kind of talk about getting offended at even mentioning our differences, and I just don't share that point of view. I can't get used to that mentality.


Sybil said...