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North Shore Rabbi to Israeli and Palestinian Teens: Keep Listening to Each Other

Forty Israeli and Palestinian high school students are visiting the North Shore as violence rages back home.

A Hands of Peace group from 2011. Patch file photo
A Hands of Peace group from 2011. Patch file photo

As violence rages between Israel and Hamas half a world a way, a group of Israeli and Palestinian high school students are visiting the North Shore this month through the Hands of Peace organization.

Friday evening, they’ll visit Congregation Solel in Highland Park. Rabbi Evan Moffic has a message for them: keep talking to each other; keep listening to each other.

He gives a preview of the talk he’ll give Friday in a blog post.

“Here you are—talking with one another, building a community of true diversity. You are addressing, unpacking and learning about the differences that really matter,” he writes.

He uses the bible story of Zelophehad’s five daughters, who under the law of the time, were not going to inherit any of their father’s land because they were women. So they went to talk to Moses, Moffic writes, to explain their point of view. In the end, Moses changed the law.

“Moses changes his mind. He shifts his point of view,” Moffic writes. “He experienced the power of dialogue, of meaningful conversation. He also experienced the power of hearing multiple voices. This openness reflects his love of his people and his ability lead.

You can read Moffic’s full blog post here.

Channing Grant July 19, 2014 at 04:00 AM
Israel defends it's people with missiles and the Palestinians protect it's missiles with people. Israel makes microchips and the Pales make lead paint chips.
alan donahue July 19, 2014 at 04:27 AM
Moses also sold weed out of the back of his house and used that money to finance terrorist activities throughout eastern Jerusalem. I read in someone's blog that his drugs eventually corrupted the minds of arabs and thats what led to Islamic terrorism. Just think about that and all the evil it has caused. I think we give Moses too much slack and something should be done about it.
Amy Lohmolder July 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM
I am glad that Rabbi Moffic is teaching "the power of hearing multiple voices". If there is ever to be peace, it is every bit as important to hear of the experiences of Palestinians as those of our Jewish friends.
forest barbieri July 19, 2014 at 06:03 PM
I applaud the efforts of Rabbi Moffic as the children of Palestine and Israel have no quarrel on equal terms, rather politics and adults propagate the hate and killing. Unfortunately, the current killing of so many innocent civilians and children will create another generation of what one side will say are terrorists and another say patriots avenging their child or relatives death. A vicious cycle that violence only enhances. When will the intelligent and forward thinkers of the Middle East come together to create a better future for all. Who is humble enough to find peace?
alan donahue July 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I'm sure Rabbi Moffic is talented, but I think this synagogue needs to find someone who is more sexually dynamic and visually appealing.

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