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“Living Stones,” More Than A Book

The phrase is well known to many around the world who concern themselves with the tumult in the Middle East in general, and Israel/Palestine in particular.  Contrasting with the inanimate rocks forming ancient shrines, synagogues, mosques and churches, “living stones” … Continue reading

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Zionism: Why Is It Important?

The intractable Israeli conflict with Palestine puzzles many Americans.  For example, looking through the Israeli lens, why would Netanyahu on his way to Poland, now castigate his own government’s joint statement with Polish authorities, quoted in Haaretz today: “Both governments … Continue reading

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“HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE HEART SICK,

but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”  So wrote King Solomon of ancient Israel in his “Proverbs.”  Who hasn’t experienced that ache of a loss that goes on and on—dreams for better days that never come?  They seem … Continue reading

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THE HOLOCAUST, PALESTINE AND THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

He could have remained, safely teaching in the United States during the zenith of Nazi power in 1939. But Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian wrote in 1939, “‘I have come to the conclusion that I made a mistake in coming to … Continue reading

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GENES OR RELIGION, WHICH IS IT?

What drives the Israeli government to dominate and persecute the residents of Palestine? Despite the objections of many Jewish people. Why must the descendents of the holocaust deprive a people of their homes and land? Now 650,000 Israeli settlers take … Continue reading

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“HELP US NOT TO LOSE HOPE”

The sun warmed the early March day. Spring burst out—for one day in Seattle. The natives here revel in the warmth. We call them “sun breaks” when the clouds part and we all go outside under blue sky. On such … Continue reading

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“NON-VIOLENCE, TRANSFORMATION AND HEALING”

How does a young Palestinian leader like Rafat, featured in the previous blog of November 2, 2012, find himself at Auschwitz, Poland, remembering the holocaust? I had never heard of the “Bearing Witness Retreat” and sitting by the train tracks … Continue reading

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