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Discover, Watch, Listen: InterAct Education Center

InterAct Education Center I recently learned about the InterAct Education Center, a non-profit organization committed to bringing “the multi-narratives of conflict to the wider world, building empathy and understanding on a much larger scale.” Their vision is to “generate critical understanding and deep empathy among war torn parties in conflict, and in the general public,

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Discover, Watch, Listen: “For Heaven’s Sake” and Standing Together

1. The podcast called “For Heaven’s Sake,” produced by the Shalom Hartman Institute. In pre-October 7 days, the podcast was co-hosted by Elana Stein Hain, Donniel Hartman, and Yossi Klein Halevi and its purpose was to “revive the Jewish art of constructive discussion on topics related to political and social trends in Israel, Israel-Diaspora relations,

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Discover, Watch, Listen: Identity/Crisis

Identity/Crisis Today, I am sharing a podcast called “Identity/Crisis” which is hosted by Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Insitute of North America. While the podcast has been producing episodes since 2020, I would recommend the recent offerings since October 7. Topics explored over the past two months include: “In a frenzied media cycle,

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Discover, Watch, Listen: “Unapologetic with Amira & Ibrahim”

From Rabbi Ilyse Glickman: We are starting a new blog series to introduce the DJC community to podcasts, books, websites, and other media offerings that may expand our understandings of the current war in particular and Israel/Palestine more broadly. I hope you listen/watch/read these recommendations with curiosity, openness, and empathy.Please let me know what you

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Seeing the Well of Possibility

In her Shabbat sermon, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman outlined biblical tales of sibling rivalry, paralleling them with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She emphasized shared Abrahamic heritage and advocated for hope and unity by highlighting groups like Standing Together and Sulha Peace Project that foster coexistence. Her message revolved around the need for peace and understanding, drawing on the symbolism of Isaac’s wells – particularly the Well of Spaciousness, which signifies endless blessings and collective well-being.

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IntRIGuing Thoughts

Reflections on our recent Multifaith Vigil A learned rabbi once asked her students how they could tell when the night had ended and day had begun. “Could it be,” said one student, “when you can see an animal in the distance and tell if it is a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the rabbi.

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A statement from Rabbi Glickman and the Danforth Jewish Circle on the crisis happening in Israel

I am writing to you at this truly difficult time. Today is Shabbat and Simchat Torah – both intended to be joyful and celebratory. But this joy has been transformed into pain and sorrow as we witness the waves of terror inflicted on Israel by Hamas today in a surprise attack. Many of our community members have friends and family in Israel and we are concerned and trying to connect with them by phone, social media, or email.

With Israel under attack, we stand in solidarity with all Israelis and all sacred souls living there. We are heartbroken and horrified by these attacks by Hamas. We mourn the lives lost, and pray for the healing of the wounded and for the safe return of those kidnapped. May an end to the violence and bloodshed come quickly.

Below are a few statements of what other leaders are saying about what is transpiring. Hopefully, these words will resonate with your feelings and help you feel connected to the broader Jewish community around the world.

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Why Our 26th Year Matters

“Time is the soul of this world,” wrote Greek philosopher Pythagoras over two millenia ago. How right he was! The span of our lives is so often marked by noting the passage of time: a birthday to mark our increasing age, an anniversary to acknowledge our loving partnerships, the counting of school grades our children

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