Friday, June 8, 2007

Shabbat Ideas - June 8, 2007

I am beyond exhaustedly and am so happy it is the weekend, so here are my Shabbat Thoughts for June 8, 2007.

What One Cold Canadian will do for his Judaism. It is actually a very nice story. I think possibly the most interesting reading of the power of Bar Mitzvah services.
The Senate Blocks Immigration (Bill)
Paris Hilton is treated unfairly and people are shock. Simply Shock! What happened to Justice in this Country?

Israel's Occupation of Palestine must end after 40 years or Israel's Occupation of Palestine must end after 59 years or Israel wants a Partner for Peace or Palestinians aren't a real people.

I love anniversaries, don't you?

Forty years after the Six Day War, millions of would be and real pundits are taking to their Steno Pads and keyboards to pontificate on the real meaning of 40 years.

The one thing I know for sure is that the pundits won't do anything. We never do. We just talk and use scary words like ubiquitous and lackluster to describe the situation we have very little control over but pretend to dictate. Groups like this US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation or StandWithUs don't do anything for the benefit of the region, they just yell and scream to have their names in the paper.

Even if Americans wanted to make a difference in the region we couldn't. (A real message of hope for this Shabbat.) The people that need to change are Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab nations. The United States plays a role but smucks on the National Mall make very little difference in this particular issue. We don't matter so much on this one because there is no need to make it public; people know generally what is going on in Israel. Additionally, there is a pretty uniform response: Stop the Violence. The radicals on each side can talk all the want, but nothing will come of it.

The fact is the United States government should be more involved in the ending of the Israeli occupation. They should also be more involved with the destruction of Hamas. They should take a leadership role, but they won't. And a rally of radical idiots in Washington isn't going to change that.

It has been said time and time again that we need fanatical moderates. It is time of even handed justice to be dished out with a strong hand. The rally this weekend and its counter rally is just an exercise in political masturbation. No one (and I really mean this) cares what a group of wealthy leftist or rightwingers do with their Sunday afternoon.

Do something productive this Sunday. In New York you can join hundreds of thousands at the Puerto Rican Day festivities. Read a book. Talk to someone you disagree with, but stay away from the rallies in DC unless you are looking for a sunburn. (Cross Posted at MidEastYouth)

Shabbat Shalom

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