Can we talk? In sacred community, there are no winners and losers. History may be written by the victor but the Talmud and the Torah are for everyone. Both the majority and the minority, the mainstream and the dissenting voice, are sacred text. We study all voices as Torah. This is the basis for the celebrated Jewish value of debate and welcoming a multiplicity of opinions.
A wall runs right through the middle of the land dividing Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship from the millions who don't. It is almost a perfect reversal of traditional Jewish thinking. Jews lived in shtetls in desperate conditions but lived in a headspace of Zion. When they held the etrog on Sukkot they could smell the sun and the freedom of Zion. Today, Israelis live in the Middle East but, have created a modern day shtetl where they imagine that they are in Europe and America.
We, people of good faith, will continue to choose life and to aspire to live as ethical and loving people. We will continue to reach out to each other and build bridges and strengthen our to others. Violence and hate reach beyond the events themselves to try to take over our time and attention, claiming much more space than they deserve. Instead, let’s share what the overwhelming majority are up to.