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A Time to Weed

Weeds do not grow in a vacuum. At a minimum they need a reasonable temperature and minimum amounts of water and oxygen. Given proper conditions, they will of course flourish, and without attention, can take over a garden. The first few attacks on Muslim and Christian institutions were attributed to “weeds” – every group has … Continue reading

Shut Out and Shut In

Jewish tradition holds that the destruction of the temple was the result of שנאת חינם – causeless hate – within the Jewish people. This morning, the first day of Av, the month when we mourn for the temple, I received a stark reminder of that senseless hate, right next to the ruins of that very … Continue reading

Modelling Empathy

There were two examples I saw this week where Jewish women raised their voices in empathy with the suffering of the Palestinian residents of Gaza. In both cases, they were met by condemnation on the part of many in the wider Jewish community. Rabbi Sharon Brous was attacked by Rabbi Daniel Gordis, in a piece … Continue reading

Gaza Temper Tantrums

One of the lessons I remember from the child-rearing “bible” I used when my children were little (Penelope Leach, for those who are interested) was to take the time to think before saying no to something your child wants – because the very worst thing you can do is say no, and then after your … Continue reading

Enough!

18 months ago, in May 2011, I wrote a blog entitled “Hitting Back” which finished with the following paragraph: “Our government has a tendency to suggest that the Palestinians only understand violence. ‘We won’t talk under fire,’ they say. But when the Palestinians aren’t firing at us we won’t talk either. It seems that we … Continue reading

On the Scales

As we approach the Jewish New Year, traditionally a time for reflection on our deeds, what we mean by the Jewish nature of the state of Israel is on the scales. Last night I attended a “Tag Meir”(“Spreading the Light”) event at the Benedictine Monastery in Latrun, a solidarity visit in response to the despicable … Continue reading

An Inspirational Story: One Man Makes a Difference

I spent the weekend at the 20th Biennial of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, celebrating 40 years since the first conference and 25 years of achievement for the Israeli Reform Action Center. The Center marked an important legal precedent this week with the announcement of the Attorney General to the Supreme Court that from … Continue reading

Healing Hatred

The heart-breaking tragedy of the Palestinian school bus that overturned and burst into flames last week after a crash with a lorry that swerved on the wet road and hit it head on, was greeted by a mixture of reactions on all sides. While some swung into action in order to save as many lives … Continue reading

Glimmers of Hope

Having spent two evenings this week at candle-lighting ceremonies organized under the auspices of ‘Tag Meir’ (translated by the organizers as “Spread the Light”) I find myself reflecting about glimmers of hope in today’s situation. On Tuesday night 400-500 people gathered together outside the Prime Minister’s house to light the first candle of Chanukah. Rabbi Yoel Ben-Nun spoke at the … Continue reading

Join Tag Meir – Light a Candle for Coexistence

This week there will be much lighting of candles around the world. Jews will begin lighting Chanukah candles on Tuesday at sundown, and will continue for 8 days. In many parts of the world candles are also intimately associated with Christmas, coming as it does, at least in the Northern hemisphere, at the darkest time of the … Continue reading