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Richard — Pls send me your email or phone #. Thx (My Email wouldn;’t work. Received this: “Failed to send your message. Please try later or contact administrator by other way.” — Arthur
“His jailers apparently did a lousy job of monitoring Prisoner X, as he was called and he hung himself from a bar in his cell.”
Hi Richard, super maximum security places like this don’t have bars to tie anything onto, as that does not go well with suicide prevention. These places are pretty high tech also, they can monitor heart rate and breathing remotely and use algorithms hooked to an alarm as back up to a sleepy guard. You can’t hang yourself in these places. It’s against the rules and heads woud roll.
The taking forever to have a hanging verified is bogus. The Intel folks think they bumped this guy off as the lesser of two evils. You can see that the family was no problem. Only one media outlet as tagged dad as an ADL guy as they want to keep the connection with the ADL and Israeli espionage off the radar.
Remember the Aussies are in Murdoch land. I am working in my piece now and I am planning to go all the way that he was murdered. These dirt bags bring all these young kids over to screen them all for heavy and light spying work and the stupid parents are just clueless…or….they think its cool having a kid spy for Israel.
Someone who lived to tell about his experience as Prisoner X at the same Ayalon prison:
It occurs to me that you might be interested in the statement below — signed by 55 rabbis and cantors by noon today (and more since) that I think is the only coherent statement of opposition to military attack on Syria put forth by a Jewish organization. It went out to readers of The Shalom Center ‘s Shalom Report this afternoon.
Shalom, salaam, paz, peace! — Arthur
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., director, The Shalom Center ; newest books, a revised edition of Seasons of Our Joy (Jewish Publ Soc, 2012) and Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia, co-authored with Rabbi Phyllis Berman (Jewish Lights Publ., 2011). See also Waskow, “Jewish Environmental Ethics: Adam and Adamah,” in Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (Elliot N. Dorff and Jonathan K. Crane, eds.; Oxford University Press, 2013).
Rabbinic Statement on Syria:
Seek Peace and Pursue It
Beginning last Sunday, the morning after Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat, I began working by email and telephone with other rabbis whom I invited to join in crafting a Rabbinic Statement on the US and Syria.
The statement itself and the signers follow (54 as of noon on September 11). . After it, you will find my comments on how it was crafted and on where we are now:
A Rabbinic Statement: “Seek peace & pursue it,” through active non-military intervention.
“What kind of person actually takes delight in life?
Turn away from evil and take good action; seek peace and pursue it.
Rabbi Hizkia taught:
Great is shalom, peace, because about all the other mitzvot (commands) in the Torah it is written, “If the opportunity to do the mitzvah comes upon you, then you must do it, and if not, you are not bound to do it. But in the case of peace, it is written, Seek peace, and pursue it—seek it in the place where you are, and pursue after it in another place. (Vayikra Rabbah 9:9)
Even if peace is running away from you, run after it.
As Rabbis, we share with many many Jews a specially deep horror at the use of chemical weapons, rooted partly in our memory of how the Nazis used chemicals to annihilate millions.
Yet we believe that a military attack on Syria is far more likely to bring on more horror and more violence, rather than less. We believe that acting for good to protect Syrians against the use of chemical weapons by any forces there—the regime or the rebels — and to press the regime’s allies to insist—not just advise – that it not use chemical weapons are far more likely to decrease the violence and horror.
“Turn away from evil, take good action,” as Psalm 34 teaches.
Mr. President: Turn away from plans for multiplying death in Syria; intervene instead with vigorous acts of good, acts of peace, acts of life.
Members of Congress: Seek peace and pursue it, especially when it seems to be running away.
Our Fellow Americans: Call 202.224-3121, ask for your Senators and Congressmember, and try hard to speak with a real live staffer: “Vote NO on military force. Undermine the Syrian military computer system without killing anyone, as the US undermined Iran’s nuclear research with the Stuxnet virus, killing no one. Make gas masks broadly available to protect the Syrian people (as they are being made available to millions of Israelis), rather than bombs to kill them. Through radio and Internet, send instructions for how to use them. Negotiate with Iran and Russia to use rheir clout to insist – not just advise — that the Syrian regime not use chemical weapons. In other words — intervene with nonlethal acts of vigorous good. Turn away from evil, actually take good action.”
A US war against Syria means more death and disaster there. And for the American people, fewer teachers, fewer rotting bridges repaired, fewer solar and wind energy transmitters built, more “justification” for even thicker walls of secrecy around government with even thinner protections for the privacy of millions of citizens.
And despite all the promises about “no boots on the ground,” very possibly more dead bodies, more lost arms, legs, genitals; more shattered minds; more souls lost and tormented.
To all humanity:
— May your actions to do good be recorded in the Book of Life and be sealed for receiving goodness! With blessings for a year of your own health, love, and peace; and in the world for fuller justice, greater freedom, growing peace, and a healing planet—
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Rabbi Leonard Beerman
Rabbi Phyllis Berman
Rabbi Les Bronstein
Rabbi Samuel G. Broude
Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn
Rabbi Joshua Chasan
Rabbi Hillel Cohn
Rabbi Meryl Crean
Rabbi Diane Elliot
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Rabbi Fern Feldman
Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer
Rabbi Everett Gendler
Rabbi Shai Gluskin
Rabbi A. Bruce Goldman
Rabbi Julie Greenberg
Rabbi Jarah Greenfield
Rabbi Linda Holtzman
Rabbi Margaret Holub
Rabbinic Pastor Eve Ilsen
Rabbi Shaya Isenberg
Rabbi Miriam Jerris
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Rabbi Debra Kolodny
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann
Hazzan Abbe Lyons
Rabbi David Mivasair
Rabbi Yitzhak Nates
Cantor Liat Pelman-Forst
Rabbi Victor H. Reinstein
Rabbinic Chaplain Stephanie Reith
Cantor Richard Rosenfield
Cantor Pamela Rothmann Sawyer
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Rabbi Chaim Leib Schneider
Rabbi Gerald Serotta
Rabbi Drorah Setel
Rabbi David Shneyer
Cantor Robin Sparr
Rabbi Naomi Steinberg
Rabbi Susan Talve
Rabbi David Leipziger Teva
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Rabbi Sheila Weinberg
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub
Rabbi Alissa Wise
Hazzan Gregory Yaroslow
Rabbi Moshe Yehudai
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
After a lot of Godwrestling — honest sharing about our internal uncertainties as well as our different relationships in the world — eleven of us yesterday – Tuesday — agreed on a Statement.
We had made achieving at least ten – a minyan – of initiators a test of going ahead with a public statement. A minyan, I should add, that was inclusive in matters of age, gender, stream of Judaism, etc.
Yesterday we sent out “A Rabbinic Statement: Seek Peace and Pursue It” to the lists of rabbis, cantors, and rabbinic pastors that each of us has. As of noon today, there are 53 signers.
This may seem a small proportion of the whole rabbinic community. Keep in mind that almost all the “official” Jewish organizations were supporting military action against Syria, that one of them was pouring hundreds of lobbyists onto Capitol Hill.
Our rabbinic statement was creative, thinking outside the box of all the positions put forth by the White House, Congress, “official” Jewish organizations, and most of the media.
One of its proposals – that the US work with the Syrian regime’s allies (Iran and Russia) to prevent the regime from using chemical weapons seemed visionary, “unrealistic,” when we wrote it.
Now it is what Russia and the US are pursuing. Not so “unrealistic”!
I believe the enormous upsurge of antiwar insistence from the American people forced the US government to seek diplomatic rather than military solutions. I am proud The Shalom Center’s work and this rabbinic statement were part of that upsurge.
We need to stay alert against the pressure from Senators and generals itching for a war, for regime change, etc.,
You can send public comments to
or write me privately through “Reply”
With blessings for a new year of shalom, salaam, solh, paz, peace — Arthur
Thanks very much, Rabbi Waskow. I will try to publish a post about it to publicize it.
What a beautiful, life-positive statement, Rabbi Waskow. I wish that the wages of peace will fall upon you and upon all of your signatories, like snow on northern firs in February, an immaculate scene. I wish that tomorrow you will all face the great light and be accepted by the deity of your choice. I would that all of us were as enlightened as you and your signatories, Rabbi Waskow. Thank you.
Richard, just a question about the Persian ketubah on your twitter wall. Do you know any details about it? I have a family member with nearly the same one.
I believe it’s from the NY Public Library collection. If you like I can double check that for you. Are/were you related to Shalom?
I’m working on a paper on the theme of war Hezbollah strategy in the 2006 war against Israel. please explain to me, how the strategy of Hezbollah against Israel in the second Lebanon war.
@amirul: Sorry, I don’t write papers for students. The answer to your question is available online including in this blog. Use Google & search for the information.
It would be most interesting to hear your views (and reasoned views of others) about the possible release of Jonathan Pollard. Personally, I am not inclined to think he should be released till he is old, toothless, and near death, and it certainly disgusts me to see that man used as a pawn in the never-ending, never-successful attempt to get Israel to do the right thing and stop the settlements. When he gets to Israel, will he be made out as a hero? Is so, that will boil my blood.
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Can you possibly help. I’d love to WOW my family. Many thanks! Lisa
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