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Harold Schulweis dies at 89; influential rabbi stressed deed over ritual
Harold Schulweis dies at 89; influential rabbi stressed deed over ritual

Uri Herscher remembers the day 55 years ago that he walked into an Oakland synagogue and heard the rabbi telling the biblical story of the binding of Isaac. Herscher, then a freshman at UC Berkeley who had gone to temple reluctantly, heard Rabbi Harold Schulweis say that the angel who stopped Abraham from slaughtering his son was not a supernatural being, but Abraham's conscience. "It was a stunning insight," Herscher said. "You've got to have some guts to say that because he's saying that God does not act alone," Herscher said. "When people say, 'Where was God in these atrocious times,' he's saying, 'Where was...

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