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May 14, 2019
We damage our moral standing as a nation when we refuse entry to those with whom our political leaders disagree, and the U.S. further damages its status as an honest broker when it refuses entry to Palestinians, including a senior PLO representative. By refusing to engage with Palestinians or even allow them to visit our country, the administration only fosters hopelessness and extremism.
May 6, 2019
This Shabbat, as rockets rained down on Israel and the Israeli army responded with bombings of Gaza, we read Parshat Acharei Mot — the Torah portion that begins after the deaths of Aaron’s two sons. Much ink has been spilled by commentators trying to explain the reasons for these deaths. But in the Torah, Aaron responds to this tragedy with silence — no words can capture the pain of his enormous and incomprehensible loss. Today, we are also acharei mot — after the deaths of more Israelis and Palestinians, killed in another round of violence that will bring us no closer to a long-term solution. Like Aaron, we must focus not on justifying these deaths, but on mourning the loss of every human life, and on becoming rodfei shalom, pursuers of peace.
April 28, 2019
We are horrified and angry that once again a terrorist has violated sacred space, this time killing one worshipper and injuring three on the last…