Rabbis Declare Fast for Gaza
Posted by rabbibrian on July 10, 2009
Over the past few weeks, I have been privileged to work closely with Rabbi Brant Rosen and several rabbinic colleagues developing a campaign to break the silence in the Jewish community on the issue of Gaza. I am very pleased to invite you to participate in Taanit Tzedek-Jewish Fast for Gaza, the campaign that we launched yesterday. This is the first rabbinical response to the suffering in Gaza. Although rabbis have taken the lead in this initiative, we invite all Jews, all people of faith and all people of conscience to join us.
To read more about the project and to sign on as a participant, please visit our website: http://www.fastforgaza.net
I want to acknoweldge the extraordinary vision and courage of my colleague, Rabbi Brant Rosen. Rabbi Rosen was, in my opinion, the most courageous rabbi in America during the Gaza war. On his blog and in many public settings, Rabbi Rosen, a brilliant congregational rabbi, spoke the truth about the war at a time when there were just a handful of rabbis in America who said a word about the incredible suffering inflicted on the Palestinian people. He upheld the Jewish commitment to menshlichkeyt/human decency at a time of moral crisis. Rabbi Rosen attempted to organize a public rabbinic response to the war, but the effort was unsuccessful.
It has been so inspiring to join him now as co-coordinator of the first public rabbinic response to Israel’s immoral collective punishment of all the residents of Gaza.
I hope you join the campaign.
Please share this widely with friends, colleagues, press contacts and people in your community who may be interested.