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EMPATHY FOR GAZELLES

Jul 10, 2018, 1 comments, 8 smiles I have always wondered how it is possible that the Jewish people, including the Israelis, can allow another people to endure what we no longer have to. How strange that just at the 1948 moment when we Jews brought to an end 2,000 years of homelessness, we created homelessness for 700,000 people. We are not to blame, but we ARE responsible. Now the Palestinians are burning our fields and nature reserves, scorching the Israelis' land around Gaza. Hundreds of fires, the news reported tonight that the gazelles had succeeded in escaping one nature reserve fire. We feel for the gazelles, we are relieved they're safe. What do we feel for the people who are burning our fields, and their families in Shuja'iyya neighborhood who are waiting for their three hours of electricity to begin? The ragged remains of bombed-out buildings from the 2014 war, children in the street schlepping carts with jerry cans ... Read Full Story

RAZAN AL-NAJJAR

Jun 07, 2018, 1 comments, 2 smiles This courageous young woman was killed last Friday by one of Israel's snipers. According to witnesses, she was wearing her white paramedic’s uniform, attempting to treat protesters near the fence when she was shot. Her story, her life has gone viral. I look at the interview with her on youtube, I course through her photos, and I'm torn apart. It's as though the Shchina, the feminine embodiment of God, was working there at the border fence, when she was shot. The demonstrations have happened every Friday since Land Day, the 30th of March. We have gotten used to them, no longer headline news. The regularity of massive Palestinian losses is matched only by the total absence of Israeli casualties. And the land, the tortured land. Those fields burning by the border kibbutzim are a child, the child of mother earth, arms yanked by divorced parents, fighting each other for control. These burning ... Read Full Story

DRAIN THE SWAMP

May 27, 2018, 2 comments, 3 smiles My Sodastream appliance proffered the last portion of CO2 gas, this evening, to make me soda. Selzer, two-cents-plain. God's most thirst-quenching drink, with a squeeze of lime. I walked to the supermarket with the empty gas canister, and by the time I will have drunk the present bottle, the full gas canister will be ready for making more refreshing soda on these sweltering Jerusalem days. The good life. We Israelis are comfortable, our prime minister is celebrating his various triumphs, business rolls on, folks on my little lane are making supper, the kids are doing their homework. Like serving birthday cake in an old, leaky boat in the middle of an alligator-filled swamp. The plaque from my late father's desk, now relocated on my shelf, says, "When you are up to your ass in alligators, it is difficult to remind yourself that your initial objective was to drain the swamp." A Palestinian ... Read Full Story

This Insane Country! We Killed 55 ...

May 14, 2018, 10 comments, 3 smiles This insane country! 55 Palestinian demonstrators were killed today. 770 are wounded from today's live fire. This afternoon we also celebrated the utterly superfluous relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and tonight in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Neta Barzilai entertained a crowd of thousands to celebrate her victory at Eurovision. I've just returned from a spontaneous demonstration at Netanyahu's residence. 150 of us then marched chanting to the American consulate down the street, where we managed to block traffic for a little while. All of us just felt we couldn't stay home. The sign we hastily scribbled in Hebrew read, "We're celebrating, they're mourning." It was good to march with a spirited, vocal crowd for a couple of hours, to see old friends. All of us are torn up, crazy over the abandon with which our soldiers are shooting people. It can't be that we must kill in ... Read Full Story

Inspiring Link

Apr 23, 2018, 1 comments, 3 smiles

Inspiring Link

Apr 20, 2018, 2 comments, 4 smiles

Inspiring Link

Apr 18, 2018, 1 comments, 3 smiles 'Israel is a fortress, but not yet a home': David Grossman's Memorial Day speech to bereaved Israelis and Palestinians - Israel News - Haaretz.com Grossman's own son Uri was killed in combat in the Second Lebanon War in 2006

SHARING SOME QUOTES FOR PESACH

Mar 27, 2018, 3 smiles Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. ~ Rumi The wicked leader is he whom the people despise. The good leader is he whom the people revere. The great leader is he [about] whom the people say, We did it ourselves…. Ascribed to Lao-Tzu Not to transmit any experience is to betray it. Elie Weisel “The question is not "To be or not to be?” but “How does who I am (my way of being and acting) affect my environment (and the people around me)?” Werner Erhard In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. ~ Jacques Barzun The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama Effective communication isn't about knowing what to do, it is doing what you know. ~ Patti Lind And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more ... Read Full Story

Dear Staff And Volunteers Of Seva ...

Mar 21, 2018, 13 smiles Dear staff and volunteers of Seva Cafe, I visited your wonderful space with Gandhi 3.0 about a month ago. I was so struck by what you are doing! I am an organizational psychologist, and what you are doing, in my language, is creating the future, here in the present. Every evening, Seva Cafe demonstrates the future we can all live into. If you remember, you spoke to us from the stage, and moved us with your authenticity and commitment. Anyway, last week I was making a presentation to the staff of a psychiatric clinic here in Israel. I showed them the picture of all of you, and I told them about my experience there. I shared the profundity of accepting your generosity, the appreciation of what you have created there. I did it because I wanted the clinic staff to glance what it is like when people envision the way life can be, and then they create a way of living that in the present. The group of psychiatrists and psychologists and social workers all allowed themselves to be inspired, as I continue to be. Thank you. Yoav Peck, Jerusalem

Gratitude, A Lovely Little Film..... ...

Mar 18, 2018, 5 comments, 9 smiles Gratitude, a lovely little film.....