"Have a Little Faith": Mitch Albom"

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“I’m very, very proud to be associated with [the movie]," Albom says.

“This movie brings it alive for everybody,” Dr. Phil says.

“It keeps it alive,” Albom adds. “I knew when I wrote the book that Rabbi Lewis would not be with us; I didn’t know that Pastor Covington wouldn’t be with us by the time this movie came out. So, the idea that these two men can keep their lessons alive through something like this means a lot to me as one of their students.”

“I think sometimes we take for granted that we will be here forever,” Dr. Phil notes.

“That’s for sure,” Albom agrees. “It also reminds me how similar they were to one another, even though they were so obviously different.” Albom recalls a conversation he had with Rabbi Lewis toward the end of the rabbi’s life. He says he asked him when he’d see him again, because, in his words, “I’m not going where you’re going. You’re a man of God.” Albom says the rabbi said, “But you’re a man of God, too — everybody is.” Albom continues, “That, to me, is the essence of this story; everybody is basically the same. Whether you’re an African-American preacher or a Jewish rabbi from the suburbs, if you’re practicing faith, you have a lot more in common than you have different.”

[AD]“We tend to define ourselves by our differences, instead of [ways] we can come together,” Dr. Phil says. “So, these two characters coming together is pretty amazing.”
Albom says that when the rabbi approached him and asked him to deliver his eulogy, his faith was non-existent. But through their eight-year friendship, Rabbi Lewis helped to restore his faith. He shares an real-life anecdote played out in the film which allowed him to see the parallels of all faiths.

“If our religion is so special, then how can you be supportive of others?” Mitch asks the rabbi.

“Did God make trees? Why trees? Why not a tree? He’s God; what he makes is perfect. Why not make one perfect tree for the whole Earth? Maybe faith is the same — many faiths with the branches going to him.”

[AD]“Have you looked at the world lately? The trees are attacking each other,” Mitch muses.

“That’s not faith. That is hate—“

“Engaged in the name of religion,” Mitch rebuts.

“And wrongly. Though shall not kill. Honor they neighbor. If I mean these things and the other guy means these things, what do you get?” Rabbi Lewis asks.

“Peace on earth.”