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CHANGE OF TOPIC – Visions of Jerusalem: Israel & the Meaning of 50 Years since the Six Day War
Led by Rabbi Miriam. With President Trump’s announcement this week, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the plan to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we will change the topic of this evening’s learning and discussion to focus on Visions of Jerusalem (originally the topic of the 4th session). Our conversation will weave together reflections on Trump’s announcement with an examination of Visions of Jerusalem – 50 years since the Six Day War. Let’s explore this important topic together.
Drawing on materials from ‘T’ruah: the rabbinic call for human rights’, we will be grounded in evocative Jewish sources of Yovel/Jubilee as the jumping off point for questions that engage political, moral, religious and social issues.
This past June marked 50 years since the Six-Day War in the Middle East, a war that drastically changed the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and that altered the map of the region. A span of 50 years, called Yovel/Jubilee, is significant in Jewish sources. For some of us, this particular Jubilee year marks a celebration of fifty years since a miraculous victory, saving Israel from the brink of destruction by its Arab neighbours and reunifying Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty. For some of us, this year is a painful commemoration of fifty years of Israeli military occupation of the Palestinians and the creation of a population of refugees. For some of us, this anniversary stirs a complex mixture of values, complicated questions and concerns. So let’s explore diverse perspective together.
This 4-part series will be an opportunity to delve into 4 key relevant issues:
1) Yovel as a time of liberation
2) Yovel as a time of return- for the land, for families, for ownership
3) The Concept of Betach – Sense of Security
4) Visions of Jerusalem
DJC Members: FREE
Non-Members: suggested donation per session $18, $36, or PWYC; please pay ONLINE or by CHQ (bring to event) or mail in: Danforth Jewish Circle, Ste 125 – 283 Danforth Ave, TO M4K 1N2. Thank you!
RSVP is requested