Jul 30, 2014

Major Israel Rally in San Francisco this Sunday, August 3, 12:00PM-2:00PM



Major Israel Rally 
in San Francisco this Sunday
When:  Sunday, August 3, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Where: Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco 
(Polk between McAllister and Grove)

For more information, please contact Guy Amdur (gamdur@stanford.edu) or visit the event page on Facebook: fixed link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447561722188395/

Please join the supporters of Israel on Sunday as we share our love of Israel in the heart of San Francisco.  

Our friends and family in Israel have been the target of over 2,000 rockets during the past three weeks, each one aimed deliberately at civilians and each one using civilians as human shields. The brave men and women of the IDF are destroying tunnels meant for an invasion that could have killed thousands of women, children, and senior citizens. We can't be there to help them in person, but we can show them our support in public. Come join us to show that we are all united in our support for Israel, it's right to defend itself and it's desire to live in peace with its neighbors.  

The event will entail a distinguished list of speakers that we will publish soon. Rabbi Creditor is honored to be one of them. After the speeches we will march from the Civic Center Plaza to the Justin Herman Plaza. 

For those who will be driving, there is a parking lot underneath Civic Center Plaza. Civic Center BART is 2 blocks away. Buses are being organized from the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and Palo Alto) -- if you are interested in this, please fill out the google form:

The event will be secured by the San Francisco police.

For more information, please contact Guy Amdur (gamdur@stanford.edu) or visit the event page on Facebook: fixed link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447561722188395/


 

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Jul 29, 2014

A word about the current ripples of Jewish trauma.

A word about the current ripples of Jewish trauma. It's as if normal conversation ended weeks ago. The Three Weeks and the Nine Days and all their mournful customs began early, and every day sort of feels like Tisha Be'Av, each moment full loss and unanswerable questions. Jews are deeply vulnerable and have always been, but suddenly the language of the siddur begins to feel more relevant, if unsettling. If only prayer could feel detached from reality once more, if only we could again be forced to endure boring conversation, if only we could reclaim our hearts and re-enter the sacred everyday. Please God, return to us the capacity to imagine beyond the right now into tomorrow.

Why are there more Palestinian deaths than Israelis?

Someone I care deeply about just posed a question that might seem obvious to some, but requires response, over and over and over. Why are there more Palestinian deaths than Israelis? The "simple" answer is: Hamas used more than 800,000 tons of cement and steel to build terror tunnels into Israel instead of building shelters and hospitals and schools and housing for Palestinians. Hamas has tried to kill thousands of Israeli civilians, but Israel has dedicated itself to protecting its own population (Iron Dome, every building having, by building code, a bomb shelter). The disproportionate number of deaths in Gaza is based on its leadership valuing terror over life. I hate that this is true.

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