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, and the collective consciousness of being Jewish.”
Since October 7, the podcast has shifted and is called “For Heaven’s Sake: Israel at War” with Hartman and Klein Halevi as co-hosts (Stein Hain is busy working on a new podcast – more on that soon!). The two hosts discuss a variety of heart-breaking and challenging topics such as:
- Moral Red Lines
- The Leadership Void in Israel
- The Morning After (what will Israel and Gaza look like after the war)
- Gazan Civilians
2. In November I offered a sermon entitled “Seeing the Well of Possibility” in which I highlighted some grassroots organizations that are challenging the status quo in Israel. I want to lift up one of them today, Standing Together, which is growing in numbers both in Israel and around the world.
“Standing Together is a grassroots movement mobilizing Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel in pursuit of peace, equality, and social and climate justice. While the minority who benefit from the status quo of occupation and economic inequality seek to keep us divided, we know that we — the majority — have far more in common than that which sets us apart. When we stand together, we are strong enough to fundamentally alter the existing socio-political reality. The future that we want — peace and independence for Israelis and Palestinians, full equality for all citizens, and true social, economic, and environmental justice — is possible. Because where there is struggle, there is hope.”— Standing Together
I encourage you to follow them on their socials where you will read and watch updates, including rallies for peace in Israel and newspaper articles profiling the group’s leadership team. Standing Together’s English Instagram account.