- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On May 18, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.
When I think of Israel and her neighbors, the two words that enter my description are complex and complicated. I say complicated because the situation there often feels like a tangled web of knots that seem impossibly difficult to unravel. What happens there is also complex, and that means a recognition that the parties involved have a perspective, history, and intention that is not easily mapped out in a neat diagram.
This week has proven to be complex and complicated in the exact same moment.
We are asking and have heard all kinds of questions.
Why is Israel behaving in this way? Why are the Palestinians putting themselves in harm’s way? Why does the media not show the whole story? Why this violence? Why has Hamas not protected its own people, but rather encouraged the onslaught? Why? Why? Why?
To respond takes delicate and difficult consideration. We can assert that Israel has every right to defend not only its borders, but also its citizens while we mourn the loss of life. In times like these I turn to those whose opinions I respect, ones I value and believe are worth sharing with you.
I offer two thoughtful and considerate opinions with links below. The first comes from Rabbi Donniel Hartman, a teacher and scholar, who years ago came from Israel to be our Scholar in Residence. The second is from Rabbi Eric Yoffie, former President of the Union for Reform Judaism, an articulate voice for progressive Judaism and a lover of Israel. Both of them walk the fine line between complex and complicated, while they lay out the conundrum of the unfortunate situation before us.
Rabbi Donniel Hartman
There is an important logic to how we greet one another during Shabbat. We say, “Shabbat Shalom.” This is our wish for the experience of the day, but also we pray for the world we live in, and particularly in Israel and in Gaza to find peace, wholeness, and healing.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!
We honor education tonight and celebrate our students and teachers. Qabbalat Shabbat starts at 6:00 p.m. Live stream HERE. Pre-neg commences at 5:00 p.m. with a year end student art show and food.
Torah Study begins at 9:00 a.m.
I welcome your comments, reflections, and questions HERE.