Magazine article Tikkun

From Remorse to Peace

Magazine article Tikkun

From Remorse to Peace

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The path from the Hebron Massacre to the Rabin murder was only twenty months long. What begins with the hatred, subjugation, humiliation, and murder of Arabs ends with the murder of Jews. In our generation as in the generation of Abraham, the fates of the children of Hagar and the children of Sarah are inextricably intertwined. Each people is fated for suffering or blessing according to how each treats the other.

After the Hebron murders, there was a brief period of intense Jewish remorse, rethinking, and determination to make peace. But these fluid emotions were not given new shape through changes in political and religious patterns; so when the heat of the moment cooled, the situation refroze in the same old forms. This time, remorse must be consolidated into a major step forward for peace. We must infuse a decent politics with religious seriousness, and infuse our traditional religious observances with the "political" learnings of our own lives.

Jewish leaders should now assert that God and Torah intend for the two families of Abraham to share the land, each governing itself in peace with the other, as a positive goal rather than a regrettable burden. We joyfully embrace the vision that in this small eretz (land) our two peoples become models for the sharing of the great unboundaried eretz (earth) by all the peoples. This has a political corollary: judging all Israeli and Jewish policy decisions not according to what is the least self-determination that can be granted the Palestinians under pressure, but what is the most that can be granted them without putting Israel in danger. …

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