Another Jew of conscience

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Noted American-Jewish feminist writer Naomi Wolf walked out of her synagogue when there was no mention of the Gaza slaughter.

Naomi should not be surprised at this.Most rabbis would lose their job if they channeled Jeremiah or Amos.The real tragedy is the great damage to Judaism which occurs when it is conflated with Zionism.Torah should never coexist with occupation.One expects a cynical state to use religion. John Quincy Adams the sixth USA president knew this: Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak and that it is doing God’s service when its violating all its laws.

Constantinian Judaism is no worse than what passes for biblical faith  in too many Christian churches. Rabbis answer to boards and few are strong enough or free enough to speak the prophetic word. Yet it is being spoken by so many “Jews of conscience”. They should give all of us hope.

Good on Naomi Wolf

Challenged below for why I am mourning genocide in Gaza. I mourn genocide in Gaza because I am the granddaughter of a family half wiped out in a holocaust and I know genocide when I see it. People are asking why I am taking this ‘side’. There are no sides. I mourn all victims. But every law of war and international law is being broken in the targeting of civilians in Gaza. I stand with the people of Gaza exactly because things might have turned out differently if more people had stood with the Jews in Germany. I stand with the people of Gaza because no one stood with us. I went to synagogue last Friday night and had to leave because I kept waiting for the massacre of Gaza to be addressed. … Nothing. Where is god? God is only ever where we stand with our neighbor in trouble and against injustice. I turn in my card of faith as of now because of our overwhelming silence as Jews…I don’t mean Israelis, a separate issue…about the genocide now in Gaza.
I want no other religion than this, that is, seeing rather than denying my neighbor under fire and embracing rather than dismissing those targeted with annihilation and ethnic cleansing.

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    Bill Heffernan Says:

    Powerful, succinct, prophetic articulation of the heart of the matter.

    Uncle Billy

    Sent from my iPad

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    Palestinians of Conscience

    Palestinian nationals living in Iraq on Wednesday joined a campaign to support Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas, sending photos of their passports with a message written on their hands to advocacy group StandWithUs.

    A SWU spokeswoman told The Algemeiner: “Amazingly, Palestinian Authority passports are coming in. Today, there were three from Iraq.”

    One photo read, “I stand with Israel against Hamas. I am Palestinian.”

    Photos of more than 1,000 passports from 100 countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Yemen, Qatar, Malaysia, and Iran have been sent in to support Israel’s campaign.

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    Powerful, succinct, prophetic articulation of the heart of the matter.

    Uncle Clement


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