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After Birkat HaMazon Learning this Shabbat @CNS: Is Zionism “Strange Fire?"

After Birkat HaMazon Learning (approx. 1:15pm) this Shabbat (4/6) @CNSBerkeley:

Is Zionism "Strange Fire?"
with Rabbi Menachem Creditor 

·      Is the political movement we call 'Zionism' traditionally Jewish or does it represent something radically new?

·      Why did Orthodoxy and Reform Judaism reject it? How did that change?

·      What does Masorti/Conservative Judaism think? Did it always feel this way?

·      What might the Torah/Prophets/Talmud have thought?

·      What might The Jewish People (and Jewish people) learn from this conversation?

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there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

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