Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Tikkun Olam, Darfur & Iran

Yes, we must speak out against the atrocities being committed in Darfur. But it is also our obligation in seeking "to repair the world" to speak out more forcefully as a community against the very real-and daily more imminent-threat of a nuclear Iran. Preventive medicine is often the most therapeutic, and the time to act is now.

"In the past month I have been to more than a dozen Jewish communities, and everywhere I go I see signs and wristbands that say “Save Darfur.” Time and again I am touched that our people understand that tikkun olam includes taking care of others.
But to be frank, if I go to yet another synagogue that has a sign about Darfur and nothing about the threat of Iran, I think my heart will break.
Worry about Darfur? Yes. But why can’t we worry about Iran — perhaps the greatest threat to Israel ever?

There are those in the Jewish community who say that because Iran is a threat to far more than Jews and Israel, we should not make Iran a Jewish or Israeli issue. However, when non-Jews hear the president of Iran both deny the Holocaust and say he wants to wipe Israel off the map and then they don’t see the Jewish community rising up in protest, they wrongly conclude that Iran must not really be a threat."
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

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