Saturday, July 31

Tag: Israel

The Poet As Witness: “War Surrounds Us,” an interview with American-Israeli Poet, Michael Dickel

Judaism, peace, peace and justice, poem, Poetry
"That some of those labelled as enemies have crossed the lines to offer condolences at the mourning tents; that the mourning families spoke to each other as parents and cried on each others' shoulders; that we cried for the children who died on both sides of the divide; that the war began anyway; that hope must still remain with those who cross borders, ignore false lines and divisions; that children should be allowed to live; that we must cry for all children who die" - Michael Dickel, (Mosquitos) War Surrounds Us Jerusalem, Summer 2014: Michael Dickel and his family including Moshe (3 years) and Naomi (1 year) hear the air raid sirens, find safety in shelters, and don't find relief during vacation travels.  In a country smaller than New Jersey, there is no escaping the grumbl...
Praying for Gaza

Praying for Gaza

spiritual practice, Spirituality
This was originally published for action in Syria in 2013. Well, it is 2014 and Gaza is erupting in violence. It feels like the right thing to do to bring it forward again. This was created in conjunction with the wonderful people of Bothell UMC. Let's send these prayers around the world! Entering Sacred Space Sufi Prayer for Peace Send Thy peace, O Lord, which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may think, act, and speak harmoniously. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that amidst our worldly strife we may enjoy thy bliss. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may endure all, tolerate all in the thought of thy grace and mercy. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that our li...

Disciple Bible Study: Week 11, Reading 2

Christianity, Post-a-Day, Religion, Spirituality
I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading. Week 11 Theme:  God Punishes the People Readings: 2 Kings 21-23 Noticings: 21:1 – Manasseh becomes king at 12 years old for 55 years 21:6 – a reference to the practice of child sacrifice 21:12 – is it really fair that G*d punishes Judah because of the ineptitude of her rulers? 21:19 – Amon becomes king for two months.  22 – 24 years old. 22:1 – Josiah was 8 years old when he becomes king.  Son of Amon.  Means Amon was 16 when he had Josiah. 22:2 – Josiah was "righteous" 22:8 – Found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.  What?  That had to be ...