Please read my editorial just published in the New York Jewish Week. Heartfelt thanks to editor extraordinaire, Emily Hauser and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, with whom I collaborated on this piece:
One of the holiday season’s key lessons is that it’s never too late for reconciliation: between humanity and God, between loved ones, between bitter enemies. We see this later in Genesis when Abraham dies, and Isaac and Ishmael bury him together. Our rabbis teach us that the brothers had put aside their differences and reconciled – but only a fool would presume that it had been easy for them.
As we greet our new year, President Obama is preparing a new peace initiative, intent upon bringing Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiations. Unlike his predecessor, Obama understands what so many of us know: Achieving a real Israeli-Palestinian peace will require painful compromise and difficult decisions. It will be hard. But it is doable.
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Kol HaKavod, Rabbi. I heartily agree with you that this may be the best opportunity to see a peace achieved in a very long time. May the new year see an enlightened leadership – on both sides of the conflict – and may HaShem bless both peoples and grant them the wisdom to make peace.