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Honoring the Animals With Whom We Share This Planet

Editor’s note: Thanks to Rabbi David Seidenberg for developing this ritual. I would only add one thing: another way to show caring for the animals with whom we share this rapidly shrinking planet is to NOT EAT THEM!–Rabbi Michael Lerner …
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Israel/Palestine

Former Israeli soldier Idan Barir on Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths

Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths Among the difficult reports streaming in from Gaza over the past few weeks, two especially painful events have captured my attention. The first was …
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Peace Rally in Tel Aviv draws thousands, Eyeless in Gaza by Uri Avnery, and Gush Shalom, chair of the Israeli peace movement

Editor’s Note: For those who think all Israelis are rallying around the war efforts of the Netanyahu government, the big peace rally Saturday night in Tel Aviv comes as an important corrective! See the stories below. Also, please read Uri Avnery’s article …
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Judaism

Israeli Extremists Protest Marriage of a Jewish Woman Who Converted to Islam to Marry Her Arab Husband

Demonstrators face off outside Jewish-Arab wedding Some 200 right-wing protesters demonstrated against what they called ‘assimilation in the Holy Land.’ A counter-demonstration was held by the entrance to the hall. By Ilan Lior | Aug. 18, 2014 | 10:55 AM  RELATED ARTICLES Where …
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Israel/Palestine

Lack of Balance in Critiquing Israel and Hamas?

Lack of Balance in Critiquing Israel vs. Hamas? by Mike Merryman-Lotze August 11 Over the last month, as I have posted my comments and thoughts about what is happening in Gaza on Facebook a number of people have accused me …
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War & Peace

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun oppose military solutions to the world’s problems. Please read our proposed Global Marshall Plan at www.tikkun.org/gmp. –Rabbi Michael Lerner Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception   Jeffrey D. Sachs August 13, 2014 It’s said that the …
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Israel/Palestine

The P Word a poem by Abby Caplin

“The P Word”   See, I had a hard time writing the word Palestinian. It stops civil discourse for Jews. To say the “P” word during war, means you are a traitor.   In a recent short at the Jewish …
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Israel/Palestine

Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

If we act from a loving and generous place, seeking to overcome behaviors that were previously perceived as disrespectful and humiliating, then the icebergs of anger and hate (some of which our behavior helped to create) can melt away and people’s hearts can once again turn toward love and justice for all.
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Israel/Palestine

Barbarity in Gaza by Gideon Levy

Israel’s Barbarity in Gaza by Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy On Saturday morning the Palestinian Health Ministry phoned A. from Rafah and asked him to open his vegetable refrigeration room. The idea was to make room for dozens of bodies piling …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery August 1 on Gaza war

Uri Avnery August 1, 2014 Meeting in a Tunnel THERE WAS this village in England which took great pride in its archery. In every yard there stood a large target board showing the skills of its owner. On one of …
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Judaism

Rabbi Nilton Bonder Remembers Zalman Schachter Shalomi

Pardes in Rio Rabbi Nilton Bonder on Zalman Schachter Shalomi Ben Azai gazed and died. Ben Zoma gazed, and lost his mind…. Bonder gazed, and lost his job RebZalman entered, and exited in peace. December of 1987, Reb Zalman came …
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Israel/Palestine

US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammuniton

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/us-firm-condemnation-shelling-un-school-gaza US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammunition The United States issued a firm condemnation of the shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza that killed at least 16 Palestinians on Wednesday, but also confirmed it restocked …
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Israel/Palestine

Conf Call with Sami Awad, plus Rabbi Seidernbeg on Jewish Ethics in GAZA, Noa Israeli singer, and Peter Beinart on the Myths about Gaza

ALERT: Conference Call with Sami Awad from Palestine this coming Monday, August 4 on the Israel/Gaza War. Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian non-profit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with …
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Culture

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must …
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Israel/Palestine

David Grossman on An Israel Without Illusions

JERUSALEM —  Israelis and Palestinians are imprisoned in what seems increasingly like a hermetically sealed bubble. Over the years, inside this bubble, each side has evolved sophisticated justifications for every act it commits. Israel can rightly claim that no country in …
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