Posts Tagged ‘Palestine’

Shirim in her field near Husan Village, taken by author Jenn Lindsay

“Just Tell Our Story” — Dispatch from Palestine

We met Shirim at her family’s olive grove plot. It falls just outside the Betar Illit settlement. More accurately, it falls on the entire hill but the settlement imposed itself right on top of the farmland that has belonged to her family for five generations. She is forbidden to access her land beyond the current […]

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The Waste Land

What is that noise? The wind under the door. What is that noise now? What is the wind doing? nothing again nothing. I’ve been having the oddest response to the latest Israel/Palestine crisis: all I can do is read poetry. English poetry, American poetry, French poetry, Arabic poetry, Russian poetry, I can’t do any work, […]

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Attribution: By Guillaume Paumier (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We Have No Water

Israelis control Palestinian water resources, directing two-thirds of it to Israeli settlers who use three times the amount of water Palestinian homes do. Palestinians must buy their own water back from Israel. Israel also controls the flow to the private family cisterns, and families receive a refill once every five days. My host family corrected […]

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Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Mourning Our Way to the World to Come

One of the things I love most about Judaism is how we mourn. We do keriya, a physical tearing of our clothes to materially represent our pain. We recite kaddish yatom, a prayer that requires a group of ten people to be present—mourners or not. We receive meals of condolence from the community and refrain […]

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In Another Gilgul: Forgiveness, the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict, and Bedtime

Every night before we go to sleep, Jewish liturgy offers us the opportunity to forgive. The Bedtime Shema begins: “Master of the universe, I hereby forgive anyone who angered or antagonized me or who sinned against me—whether against my body, against my property, my honor, or against anything of mine; whether it was done accidentally, […]

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A Checkpoint in Ramallah

Fear and Loathing in Qalandiya

Before today, I never imagined I would be quite so relieved to not understand Arabic. That’s because today, I visited a small portion of the West Bank with my wife and infant son courtesy of the lovely folks at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. I’ve interned at T’ruah in the past, back in […]

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Welcoming a New Pope

In an unprecedented event in the past 600 years, Pope Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger Benedict XVI announced his retirement from the supreme prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. This historical situation invites the establishment of full and healthy Christian-Muslim relations. We still remember the negative reaction to Pope Benedict’s misguided comments about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad after his lecture […]

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Strangers in an All Too Familiar Land

I spent the last two weeks in a land named holy by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, seeking peace, understanding, wholeness. My travels took me through countless narratives, religious expressions, political stalemates, cultures, and the lives of people who reside at the center of all that is holy about this part of the world. This was […]

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Traveling to a Holy Land

On Saturday, I will depart for a two-week journey through the Holy Land of Israel/Palestine. As the days countdown, I am mindful of the very complex journey this will be for me and the other students and professors from my seminary. I decided to write this post not just to get out some of my […]

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