Gaza: Short-range peace-seeking Israel could try

Gaza / Sderot Crisis

What might Israel do differently from what it is doing to stop the rockets — without regard to US policy or longer-range peacemaking?

It is pretty clear that Hamas in Gaza is not just a "terrorist gang" but is deeply interwoven with the fabric of Gazan society, through its social-welfare and religious networks. That means influence goes in both directions.

So this sketch would mix carrots and sticks in an attempt to engage the Gazan and broader Palestinian civil society in having a stake in peacemaking, as well as the Hamas elites. (Of course specifics are not sealed in concrete but an effort to point in new directions.)

Gaza & Beyond: What's the Alternative?

Israeli-Palestinian Collision | Gaza / Sderot Crisis | Interreligious Relations | War, Peace, & the Jewish Community

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow (January 1, 2009)

Beyond anguish, what can we say about Gaza that points toward an alternative? Not just in pretty theory, but in political practicality?

We can start with calling for a cease-fire, but at the same know that even this -- so hard to achieve -- would be but a palliative, not an alternative to the deeper structure of disaster. For that alternative, see deeper into this essay.

The UN Security Council (if no US veto were interposed) could call for an immediate end to all violence into and from Gaza. In the US this call has come from some Jewishly-oriented groups, slowly building strength, such as J Street (the new pro-Israel, pro-peace Jewish lobby), Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Americans for Peace Now, the Israel Policy Forum, and Meretz USA, as well as The Shalom Center.

Global Scorching, Swedish Church, Interfaith Manifesto

GREEN MENORAH COVENANT (on climate crisis) | Environmental Justice | Globalization and Economic Justice | Interreligious Relations | Oiloholic Uncle Sam & Global Scorching

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

My life-partner Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I spent a week in Sweden at the Interfaith Summit on the Climate Crisis and then met with progressive religious activists.

Watch the live 5-minute video of my "words of hope" for the thousand people who filled the Uppsala Cathedral, intertwining a vision of empowering ourselves and drawing on the Spirit.

MLK Day Litany of Ashes, Stones, & Flowers: Militarism, Racism, & Materialism

Peace | Justice | Addressing global militarism & world empire | Addressing Global Terrorism | Earth | Environmental Justice | Fasting for Peace and Justice | Globalization and Economic Justice | Justice and Race | Oiloholic Uncle Sam & Global Scorching | Seasons of American Sacred Time | Spirituality of Justice | Torture

ASHES, STONES, & FLOWERS:
A LITANY ON MILITARISM, RACISM, & MATERIALISM
IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

By Rev. Patricia Pearce, Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia

Militarism

For each vibrant life and hopeful dream that is annihilated by war and written off as necessary collateral damage,
We lift up the ashes of our pain, O God.

For the millions who go hungry or suffer sickness because bombs are more lucrative than bread and missiles are deemed more important than medicine,
We lift up the ashes of our remorse, O God.

For each mind that is forever haunted and each body that is left broken by war,

Order of Service & Teach-in, MLK Day, Jan 19, 2008

GREEN MENORAH COVENANT (on climate crisis) | Peace | Addressing global militarism & world empire | Justice and Gender | Justice and Race | Oiloholic Uncle Sam & Global Scorching | Seasons of American Sacred Time | Spirituality of Justice | War, Peace, & the Jewish Community

LITURGICAL SCENARIO FOR MLK BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE,
EVE OF INAUGURATION DAY, 2009

(From Rabia Harris, Muslim Peace Fellowship, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center)

: Remember we awant people to stay interested, be moved, get motivated, have fun, and draw closer together. We are assuming that programs, including the text of the pledge, will be distributed at the door.)

Introduction Coming Together Summoning of the People According to the Traditions Blowing of the Shofar Ringing of Church Bells Muslim Call to Prayer Buddhist bells, etc.

Conjoining MLK & Inauguration Day: Relearning Heschel, Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America, Jan. 14, 19, 20, 2009

Addressing global militarism & world empire | Environmental Justice | Interreligious Relations | Justice and Race | Seasons of American Sacred Time

(Rabbi Arthur Waskow for The Tent of Abraham, Hagar, & Sarah)

Relearning Heschel, Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America:
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day
As a new government takes office,
January 19-20, 2009>

As Barack Obama becomes President and a new Congress takes office in January 2009, there is a remarkable opportunity to bring together large sections of American society to reflect on our history and our future. The opportunity is strengthened by the fact that the day before Inauguration day (Tuesday, January 20) is Martin Luther King's Birthday. And January 14 is the yohrzeit (death-anniversary) of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Dr. King's close friend and ally.

Blessing the Sun: Looking Forward: April 8, 2009

GREEN MENORAH COVENANT (on climate crisis) | Oiloholic Uncle Sam & Global Scorching | Festival Spiral

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Early in the morning of April 8, 2009, Jewish communities will have a teaching opportunity that comes only once every 28 years: the festival of Birchat HaChamah, the Blessing of the Sun.

In ancient rabbinic tradition, it commemorates the moment when God created the sun in the first place. In modern practice, it fits well into today's crisis of global "scorching" and the search for sun-based sources of sustainable and renewable energy. So spiritual communities other than Judaism might well join in blessing the sun on that day -- and during the months before and after.

Blessing the sun: looking backward: April 8, 1981

GREEN MENORAH COVENANT (on climate crisis) | Oiloholic Uncle Sam & Global Scorching | Festival Spiral

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow *

Early in the morning of April 8, 1981, I gathered with several hundred other people at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, to watch the sun rise and to bless it in what is surely the rarest and perhaps the oddest of all Jewish ceremonies -- Birchat HaChamah, the Blessing of the Sun, that comes only once every 28 years. It commemorates, according to ancient tradition, the moment when God created the sun in the first place.

And the moment will come again less than a year from now, on April 8, 2009. (The morning of the day before the first night of Passover.)

Green Menorah Covenant Coalition: Personal, Congregational, & Public-Policy Changes to Avert Global Scorching

GREEN MENORAH COVENANT (on climate crisis) | Hanukkah

To save our planet, crops, water supply, & coastlines from the ravages of climate crisis & global scorching, The Shalom Center urges these seven directions of PERSONAL & POLICY change at all governmental levels, corporate and labor-union decisions, and household / congregational action. To work for these policy changes, write GreenMenorah@shalomctr.org or Shalom Center, 6711 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia PA 19119.

1. Making carbon pay the real costs of its effect on climate:

Personal change: households set 5% of our annual coal, oil, & gasoline costs as tzedakah ("charitable" contributions) to support sustainable-energy activism.

The Green Menorah Covenant

GREEN MENORAH COVENANT (on climate crisis) | What You Can Do | Hanukkah | Oiloholic Uncle Sam & Global Scorching

What is a "Green Menorah"?

The Green Menorah is the symbol of a covenant among Jewish communities and congregations to renew the miracle of Hanukkah in our own generation: Using one day's oil to meet eight days' needs. By 2020, cutting US oil consumption by seven-eighths.

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HEALING THE EARTH: THE GREEN MENORAH COVENANT

The Green Menorah is the symbol of a covenant among Jewish communities and congregations to renew the miracle of Hanukkah in our own generation: Using one day's oil to meet eight days' needs: doing our part so that by 2020, US oil consumption is cut by seven-eighths.