Clarity, Courage, Calm
There are only 3 C words I want to say to address the trauma and horror of a world in which ''things fall apart, the centre will not hold "
We need to find the clarity to call out the sheer evil of Hamas and its distortion of truth and the value of human life. Don't believe the words of brutal murderers; their shameful accusations against Israel as the source of the explosion at the hospital in Gaza this week is a perfect example. Hamas is not Islam but its enemy as it is the enemy of our free world. I ache for all the innocents- Jews and Palestinians- caught in the Hamas web. I am crying with my God for my Jewish family in Israel and across the world.
Find the courage to fight the lies and the bravery to believe that this too will pass and "tis not too late my friends to create a better world." Hatikva isn't just Israel's anthem. It is the anthem of all good and principled people of all faiths across the world. I have not given up on humanity nor my belief in multifaith relations including Jews and Muslims one day approaching each other face-to-face, heart-to-heart. I stand by God in His promise to Noah-that fabulous rainbow, a bow of colour, variety and creativity. Stretched out across the seamless sky edging into a peaceful heaven.
We are all reeling and there are so many horrible images, awful voices and violent, hateful thoughts and actions we are witnessing. We need to take a deep breath on this acutely beautiful Melbourne day and create a corner of calm in the chaos. Pause. Welcome the Shabbat and its angelic messengers of peace.