Tag Archives: Understanding

Peace. Sala’am. Shalom.

If you are suffering from physical conflict, first be safe. Distance in space from conflict brings the healing of distance in time.

If you are looking to make a difference in the world, I urge you to listen to the voices of reason, the voices of resolution, and not the impossibilities of absolute rule or law. Armed conflict is the result of people refusing to allow others to live in peace, of an unwilling to make the hard compromises that give people a life of peace and prosperity.

Rabbis on the West Bank spouting religious nationalism at all cost, imams using their pulpit to spread hatred of others and Christian congregation heads who cherry-pick their biblical verses to espouse intolerance and greed are worth ignoring. Consider instead the path of understanding and being understood. Your opponent becomes an ally when all parties come to understand each other and respect another’s right to have and choose their own path.