Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Night of Not Learning Torah

On the night of Tisha B'Av last week, meetings around Israel were held under the banner, "On This Night, there is no Torah Learning" -- there exists a custom not to learn Torah the night of Tisha b'Av due to mourning of the destruction of the Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

The meetings were designed to be one of dialogue among the many different viewpoints in Israel's society. One of those meetings took place in Rechovot, with well known Left-wing personality Yossi Sarid on the panel along with Avi Rat, MK Tzippi Hotovelli and others.

Yossi Sarid provocatively said that, "there is no way to prevent the division of Jerusalem, and giving away Eastern Jerusalem and the Arab neighborhoods to Palestinian rule."

Avit Rat replied that "we have seen what happens when land gets given away to the Arabs. They [the Arabs] don't just sit quietly and eat Humus..."

Yossi Sarid's reaction was swift.

He got up, left the panel, and walked out of the meeting.

Dialogue at its best...when you can't argue with facts, you walk out.


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Rabbi Michael Tzadok said...

Ultimately I think that the Peace Process is like shopping in the Arab Shuk.One does not run around an Arab Shuk shouting "peace", as we have been doing for the last 40 years, he cautions. First of all they rarely have that in stock, second the louder we demand it, the higher the price. What we will be offered in that Shuk, the chances of it being "peace" are exceedingly slim.

jonathan becker said...

well...what a jerk. i thought he was tougher than that.

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