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The Israel-Hamas War: Reflections in a Time of Crisis

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Our call for a ceasefire is not a betrayal of Jewish values but an authentic expression of them.
In providing venues for both consolation of suffering and the arousal of activism, rabbis lead our synagogues towards becoming communities of deep meaning.
Israel's Declaration of Independence envisions a state founded on the values of democracy, pluralism and equal rights for all its citizens, regardless of ethnicity or religion.
Israelism captures a concerted effort that admonishes American Jews to see Israel as a — or maybe the — pillar of Jewish identity, synonymous with their Jewishness.
The healing of the Jewish people is in our indigenous ways, our restoration of the land and our connection to it.
Will I be able to do enough inner work to accept all the violent, human-inflicted death around me now? Should that even be my goal?
I so wanted these bullet holes, only days old, to be remnants from a bygone era.
We, like Abraham, must be concerned with justice and with the innocent.
To be Jewish is to be part of a people—a people with a shared history, roots, a story and, yes, a land.
What did it mean to wrestle with God so that the two brothers could kiss and live in peace?
When permission is given to the destructive force to wreak havoc, it does not distinguish between the innocent and guilty. (Mekhilta Bo 12:22)
Offering lovingkindness to oneself and others in times of intense pain.
This list is written for Jews living outside the land of Israel who don’t have a one-word Israel identity. If you are feeling alone and struggling to feel fully aligned with any camp or position, and are looking for concrete responses to this moment, this list is for you.
Our hearts must remain open and tender, crying along with God for all lives lost; we must remember that we are all created in God’s image.
There aren’t really words for the grief of what’s unfolding. It’s okay to feel like it’s too much to hold—because it is too much to hold.
We simply sit with and name our grief, sadness and feelings of overwhelm. We lift up the power of this community to offer space for healing and affirmation.
This is not the time to root for your team. This is the time to stand on the side of humanity.
Ordinary Israelis and Palestinians should never have to live through the death, destruction, humiliation and torture that have marked recent days.

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