Aug 28, 2014
The Torah portion Shoftim (Judges) juxtaposes ritual purity with social justice. What can human rights activists learn from the Torah's wisdom to heal a world set on fire by societal ills like Ferguson's racism, and ISIS' & Hamas' terrorism?
Aug 24, 2014
"Overwhelmed by Argument"
with Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Videos of the Two-Night Conversation are now online!
Part I - http://youtu.be/ZHYNN4eAKsI
Part II - http://youtu.be/TxzFnJ3uYkg
(thank you to Etai Weininger and David Gill, leaders of the
Netivot Shalom Adult Education Committee, for supporting the event!)
On August 13th and August 23rd, Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Menachem Creditor engaged in a public conversation about Israel, Zionism, Judaism, Peace, and American Jewish activism. The description of and rules for the conversation are below. It was an intense conversation between two loving friends who both love Israel and ache for Peace, who both believe in two states and are both pained by Israeli and Palestinian deaths. The disagreements were passionate, nuanced, and respectful. This was, of course, only the beginning of the work ahead.
We invite you to please, watch the videos. Tune in. Continue learning about ways to help. Pray for Peace.
For more from Josh, visit JoshKornbluth.com. For more from Rabbi Creditor, visit MenachemCreditor.org.
To receive information about Rabbi Creditor's trip to Israel June 21-30, 2015,
contact email@example.com or "like" the Facebook page for the trip at facebook.com/RCisrael2018.
We care, and because we care, we despair. Will there be any outcome for Israelis and Palestinians, for Israel and Palestine, in which both Peoples are acknowledged and respected? Where one group's national aspirations are not deemed unworthy? This is the conversation Josh wants to have, the conversation we believe we need. We need is as Jews. We need it as people. We need it as one People among many Peoples. Will there ever be a solution? We don't know. We worry. Everyone suffers when some suffer. And so someone who cares is convening a loving, respectful conversation with a very clear mandate: More hope, More dignity, More love.
Here are the rules for the conversation Josh invited us to share:
1) If your position is that Israel should cease to exist as the Jewish Homeland, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
2) If you believe Jews are better than Palestinians, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
3) If you believe that only Jews have the right to a state, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
4) If you believe Israel's concerns about security are imagined, that is not the conversation we are going to have.
The jumping-off-point for our conversations were these two books:
My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit
The Crisis of Zionism, by Peter Beinart
Aug 20, 2014
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