The Embassy Moves…
By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Like so many others, I am horrified by the riots, shooting and deaths at the Israel Gaza border. No amount of ceremonial in Jerusalem can take away the fact that those terrible events will bring more pain, grief, anger and despair for both Palestinians and Israelis.
I pray that tensions do not get even higher, that fear and fury are contained, and that ways are found for people on both sides to work towards a credible, liveable, worthwhile future.
We need leadership from Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and the rest of the world, especially the United States, rooted in wisdom, discernment, true courage, sensitivity and vision.
The Psalmist (Psalm 122) describes Jerusalem, a microcosm of Israel, which is in turn a microcosm of the world, as ir shechubrah lah yachdav, ‘a city where people are joined together in fellowship’ and calls on us all to pray for its peace for the sake of our brothers, sisters and neighbours.
This vision, perhaps three thousand years old, could not be more poignant, or pertinent, today.