A Bloomington native is working hard to help attain peace in the world. Melissa Weintraub grew up in Bloomington the Jewish daughter of a mom who kept kosher and a dad who ate bacon cheeseburgers. Weintraub is at ISU to talk about using religion to defuse religiously inspired violence. Weintraub tells WGLT's Charlie Schlenker she was steeped in Midwestern story lines and cultural assumptions while being able to see beyond them. She sees that as the root of her bridge building.
The problem of a peacemaker is not just reflecting to warring parties their own humanity and complexity. The challenge is also to resist overtures to show sympathy to one side as the other watches like a hawk for signs of defection and partisanship.
Hear Rabbi Weintraub talk about what people in Bloomington Normal can do to affect the dynamic.
Her ISU speech is at 7p.m. Tuesday in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.
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