Aug 2, 2014

Now Published: The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel

Dear Friends,

The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel, a rapid-response book project on behalf of Israel, has now been published, and is available on Amazon. The book's table of contents is below, with some FB tags embedded. The contributors to the book are:

Shira Dicker, Jonathan Horowitz, Nora Gold, Leah Israel, Rabbi Ben Goldstein, Rabbi David Baum, Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin, Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Rabbi Yael Splansky, Rich Moline, Alyssa Pinsker, Michael M. Rosen, Debra S. Rappaport Rosen, Rabbi Adam Raskin, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, Josh Buchin, Rabbi Dan Cohen, Esther D. Kustanowitz, Rabbi Steven C. Wernick, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Stacey Robinson, Talia Liben Yarmush, Tamar Barbash, Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Rabbi Michael Berk, Rabbi David Ackerman, Rabbi Mark Bloom, Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs, Yael Massen, Erika Dreifus, and Alden Solovy

The book is currently available for $11.39 on Amazon here: All proceeds from "The Hope" are directed to supporting The Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin

PLEASE spread the word in whatever way you'd like. The variety of voices is significant - we have demonstrated a pluralistic American Jewish Zionism that flies in the face of a perception that Jews are fragmented on Israel. We are not. Not in moments of threat, not in moments of less-threat. (We haven't yet gotten to moments of peace, but we'll, I'm sure, be thrilled to face that challenge when that blessed day arrives.)

But for now, I still sit in sadness. This email was interrupted by at least four missiles fired by Hamas into Mordecai, Karmia, Netiv HaAsara, Hof Ashkelon, and Zikim. We have much work to do in the days, weeks, and years a head on behalf of our People, and I can only pray that this collection-of-our-hearts-in-book-form gives our sisters and brothers in Israel a dose of much-needed strength. 

If you are in the Bay Area, I look forward to seeing you at "The Bay Stands with Israel" Rally at noon:

Hazak ve'ematz, and may it be a Shavuah Tov,

Rabbi Menachem Creditor ▶
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1 Introduction: The End of Theory
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

7 Cataclysm from Left Field
Shira Dicker

11 Have No Fear at All
Jonathan Horowitz Jo Ho

15 Sirens and Solidarity as Rockets Fly from Gaza to Israel
Nora Gold

19 I chose this life 
Leah Israel

23 One Nation, One Heart
Rabbi Ben Goldstein

27 Reviewing Our Difficult Journey
Rabbi David Baum

35 It’s Hard to Pray for Peace
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

39 A letter to friends who want to understand 
what is happening in Gaza
Rabbi Mordecai Finley

45 Dream Treaties
Rabbi Yael Splansky

49 So May it Be
Richard S. Moline

57 The Accidental Zionist
Alyssa Pinsker

65 Why We’re Moving Our Family 
into a War Zone
Michael M. Rosen 
& Debra S. Rappaport Rosen

71 I’m Done Apologizing for Israel
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

75 Reflections upon Returning from Israel
Rabbi Adam Raskin

85 Comfort Our People, 
Compassion for All God’s People
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz 
& Rabbi Menachem Creditor

89 Israel: A Triptych
Esther Kustanowitz

101 Seeking Balance in a Time of Disequilibrium: 
Thoughts for Tisha B’Av 2014
Rabbi Steven Wernick

107 Battling Hate on All Fronts
Rabbi Rick Jacobs

113 My Heart is in the East
Stacey Robinson

119 What Can I Do?
Talia Liben Yarmush

123 Two Words
Tamar Barbash

127 The Heart and Soul of Israel
Rabbi Michael Berk

131 The Key Word is “And”
Rabbi David Ackerman

135 Red Alert Jerusalem
Rabbi Mark Bloom

139 We Stand Together
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner

143 Why I am Going to Germany
Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

Poems and Prayers

149 I Know You Sleep In A Bomb Shelter
Yael Massen

150 A Prayer for these 90 Seconds
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

151 Questions for the Critics
Erika Dreifus

152 Prayers for Israel, for Peace, for Humanity
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz

158 A Prayer for Hope
Stacey Robinson

160 For Peace in the Middle East
Alden Solovy

163 Contributors