Tuesday, July 25, 2006

wishful thinking

I've been getting e-mails from many different sources about the conflict - most are hopeful. The first is from Taayush

"Dear Friends,

Please find below a link to a new forum – "JULY 2006: IF NOT NOW, WHEN". Nestled in between the thunder of the guns and the wailing of the media, this is a place for Israelis, Lebanese, Palestinians and everyone else connected with or affected by the conflict to directly exchange views, information, experiences, and sometimes also blows, I guess. The forum will also host digests from media on all sides of the conflict, as well as links and excerpts from blogs from the field. It will be great if you would be the first to pick up the gauntlet and to start posting – if each would just tell a bit about herself or himself (age so and so, doing such and such, living there and there), so that when new people show up to the forum they don't find it completely empty.

Moderator vacancies are open, by the way.

The link is:

here "


The second e-mail I got today is from this guy, whom I don't know - and I don't really know what light workers do, but whatever it is, it's much better than what's going on between our country and Lebanon.

"Dear light worker,

This is a letter from Israel, my name is Jacob Avidan and I'm light worker and I live in Israel as well as you know the middle east is in a state of war as a light worker im sending love and light to the battle zone everyday recently Ihave noticed a powerful energy that sent from around the world to this area so I start receive this energy and anchored it with my body and spirit and now I'm receiving everyday this powerful energy and I want to say thank you from the center of my heart for sending this powerful love yesterday as I'm working with this powerful love I received an understanding about focusing the energy and I need your help

At Friday morning im gathering a group of light workers to anchored this energy in three points at of the battle zone:

At 9 am in the Golan heights
At 11 am in the Galilee
At 1 pm in Haifa

These three points will create a triangle that will be the base of a powerful pyramid that you and the group going to create I hope that this energetic work going to help the people of the middle east

With your wonderful love and open their hearts and end this ancient hate

So send your love to Israel Friday July 28 2006 at 9am 11am and 1pm and we will receive it

If you have any question please write to me


Love and light

Jacob Avidan, Israel"

The third e-mail I got was about a Sulha for Palestinians and Israelis to take place in Jerusalem on Thursday (pre-empting the big one in August) between 5:00 and 8:00 pm at Gan Sacher. I hope to be there.

The fourth e-mail was from a macrobiotic food group thinking to expand and include not just Jews from Israel but everyone from the Middle East - peace through eating...

So we all have our hopes for peace, and the e-mails seem to be coming in more frequently with people more desperate to want to end the conflict. Unfortunately, I heard some news that a katyusha hit the village I went to visit in May - Mughrar in the Galilee - a village with Moslems, Druze and Christian Arabs. A young teenage girl was killed. And with that, I will print out the e-mail I received today from Arthur Waskow of the Jewish Renewal Movement who sent out a revised Mourner's Kaddish (prayer) for this occasion.

Yitgadal V'yit'kadash Shmei Rabah

May the Great Name, through our expanding awareness and our fuller action, lift Itself to become still higher and more holy;

May our names, along with all the names of all the beings in the universe, live within the Great Name;

May the names of all whom we can no longer touch but who have touched our hearts and lives, remain alight within our memories and in the Great Name;

May the names of all

who have died in violence and war

be kept alight in our sight and in the Great Name, with sorrow that we were not yet able

to shape a world in which they would have lived.
(Cong: Amein)

B'alma di vra chi'rooteh v'yamlich malchuteh b'chayeichun, u'v'yomeichun, u'v'chayei d'chol beit yisrael, b'agalah u'vzman kariv, v'imru: --

May Your Great Name lift Itself

still higher and more holy

throughout the world that You have offered us,

a world of majestic peaceful order

that gives life to the Godwrestling folk

through time and through eternity ----

And let's say, Amein (Cong: Amein)

Y'hei sh'mei rabbah me'vorach

l'olam almei almaya.

So therefore may the Great Name be blessed, through every Mystery and Mastery

of every universe.

Yitbarach, v'yishtabach, v'yitpa'ar, v'yitromam, v'yitnasei, v'yithadar, v'yit'aleh, v'yithalal -- Shmei di'kudshah, -- Brich hu, (Cong: Brich Hu) >

May the Great Name be blessed and celebrated,

Its beauty honored and raised high;

may It be lifted and carried,

may Its radiance be praised in all Its Holiness –-- Blessed be!

L'eylah min kol bir'chatah v'shir'atah tush'be'chatah v'nechematah, de'amiran be'alma, v'imru: Amein (Cong: Amein)

Even though we cannot give You enough blessing, enough song, enough praise, enough consolation

to match what we wish to lay before You –

And though we know that today there is

no way to console You

when among us some who bear Your Image in our being

are slaughtering others

who bear Your Image in our being.

Yehei Shlama Rabah min Shemaya v'chayyim { aleinu v'al kol Yisrael, v'imru Amein.

Still we beseech that from the unity of Your Great Name flow a great and joyful harmony and life for us and for all our family, the Godwrestling folk;
(Cong: Amein)

Oseh Shalom bi'm'romav, hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu v'al kol yisrael v'al kol yishmael v'al kol yoshvei tevel -- v'imru: Amein.

You who make harmony

in the ultimate reaches of the universe,

teach us to make harmony

within ourselves, among ourselves --

and peace for the Godwrestling folk,

the people Israel;

for our cousins the children of Ishmael; and for all who dwell upon this planet.

(Cong: Amein)

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