"Germans, defend yourselves, don't trade in Jewish shops," reads a sign Nazi troopers paste on a window of a Jewish-owned store in Berlin in 1938. Religion News Service file photo

COMMENTARY: Reconciling Jews and Germany

(RNS) Reconciliation is easy to say but difficult to achieve. Especially when personal and historic memories of guilt, responsibility, shame, anger, distrust and pain are present. And most especially in the case of Germany and the Jewish people.


Gandalf and Goodness–today

I love spiritual mentors, wise old souls that see beyond, see that something in us that we don’t see in ourselves.      I love Yoda, love Dumbledore, love Gandalf. The Gandalf character has grown on me, bit by bit. In the Hobbit movie, there is a line that really spoke to me. He disagrees with his old friend (not yet nemesis) Saruman, about their views on how to confront evil. Here is what Gandalf says:

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.