Although this past weekend’s heavy snowstorm understandably dominated the news headlines, for me, this past Sunday was about much more than the weather. At the 10:15 a.m. Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, I was delighted to see an overflow crowd of worshippers who braved the elements to join in the greatest of prayers, the Mass. It was my honor to welcome Rabbi David Posner and his wife Sylvia to the Cathedral. Ten days earlier, Rabbi Posner had invited me to Temple Emanu-El to light the candle on the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah. I was pleased that Rabbi Posner joined us at Mass to light the candle for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on our Advent wreath. Catholic New York has a picture of it here.
Later that afternoon, I visited the Sirius XM studios for a special broadcast with Rabbi Harlan Wechsler, the founding rabbi of Congregation Or Zarua, and host of Rabbi Wechsler Teaches on Sirius XM Stars. We had a fascinating and wide ranging discussion of faith, community, tradition, and how our respective faiths approach this holiday/holy-day season. Here are a couple of clips of the show that Sirius XM has posted on YouTube. If you missed the program, we’ll be replaying it in the Conversation with the Archbishop timeslot on The Catholic Channel over New Year’s weekend. The first airing will be on New Year’s Eve at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.