Rabbis, Sheikhs, Kadis, Imams and Priests Say No to Domestic Violence

by Nomi Teutsch

“On May 28 in Jerusalem, clergy of all major faith communities in Israel — Jews, Druze, Christians and Muslims — came together, gathering for

Three Religions - One Cause

Three Religions – One Cause

the day of learning and training, an initiative of the Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel and Kol HaIsha, gave the religious leaders an opportunity to gain insight into the dynamics of domestic violence, and equipped them with practical skills for how to respond when they are next faced with cases in their communities.

In a country characterized by divisive, often violent conflicts and yawning gaps between communities, it was astonishing and inspiring to see these religious leaders reach across boundaries to exchange knowledge and support one another. In interactive workshops the clergy exchanged personal experiences and gave each other tips and feedback on how to identify what’s really happening in families in their communities, as well as when to intervene and how. Though there are, of course, differences in norms and practices across congregations, the clergy members were united by their powerful role in their communities, and a commitment to taking responsibility for their part in responding to domestic violence.”

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We Don’t Have to Agree

by Nomi Teutsch

NomiTThis Sunday night I observed a room full with over 40 Jewish students from around the world who chose to use their evening to learn about how  participating in dialogue has shaped the lives of three alumni of ICCI’s Youth and Young Adult programs. The students were in the middle of a 4-month period of intensive learning about Israel, Zionism and the conflict at the “Institute for Youth Leaders From Abroad” and they were extremely interested in what our panelists had to say about their experiences.

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“أحب لصديقك ما تحب لنفسك”

ספר תורהبقلم: الدكتور رون كرونش

ان جملة الافتتاح في (سفر القديسين)، والتي قرأناها قبل عدة سبوت في الكنس في جميع انحاء اسرائيل، والتي تبدأ بالكلمات كونوا قديسين، توضح في سياقها كيف يمكننا أن نكون قديسين (اللاويين 19). فبدون شك فان هذه الجملة هي من أهم الجمل في التوراة، وهي التي وجهتني كممثل لمجلس التنسيق بين الأديان كي أنشر بالاشتراك مع قسم الديانات التابع لجمعية سكروبو في تورونتو، نشرة أحب لصديقك ما تحب لنفسك، وهذا الموضوع يظهر ليس عند أقل من 12 ديانة في العالم.

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We “Kickstart Peace” in France!

SAMSUNGOur Abu-Ghosh – Kiryat Yearim Kickstart Peace Soccer ball Team spent 6 days in France in the end of April following an Invitation received by French Students, who also hosted them in their houses and treated them as their own. The team attended several events with local youth and were met with warmness and hospitality by municipal officers in every city they visited.

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Tikun Olam

“How do you say Tikun Olam in Hebrew?” is the circulating joke about this meaningful concept in Judaism. But it’s no joke at all. How Tikun Olam manifests in the three monotheistic religions was the subject of a panel lead by ICCI Director Ron Kronish and representatives of the three religions on the 1st of May. Evidence brought out at the panel showed that the act of grace and kindness towards the needy is an “international interreligious commandment” as the representative of Islam concluded. However, in a complex reality where interreligious interaction and tolerance is scarce,  the values of our  scriptures sometimes remain unfulfilled.

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וְאָהַבְתָּ את הגר

מאת ד”ר רון קרוניש

פיסקת הפתיחה של ‘פרשת קדושים’, אותה קראנו לפני מספר שבתות בבתי הכנסת ברחבי הארץ, מתחילה במלים “קדושים תהיו”, ומפרטת בהמשך כיצד עלינו להיות קדושים’ (ויקרא י”ט).זו ללא ספק אחת הפסקאות החשובות ביותר בתורה, והיא אשר הנחתה אותי כמייצג את

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

המועצה הבין-דתית המתאמת בישראל לפרסם בשיתוף עם המחלקה הבין-דתית של עמותת סקרובו בטורונטו כרזה בנושא ‘ואהבת לרֵעֲךָ כמוך’, נושא המופיע בלא פחות מ12 דתות בעולם.

פסוקים אלו (ויקרא י”ט: 18-19) מחייבים אותנו לשאול את השאלה, איך מגדירים את ‘רֵעֲךָ’? קיימת ספרות רבה ומרובה העוסקת בהגדרות שונות. ההגדרה שמתאימה לקונטקסט של התורה מגדירה את ‘רעך’ כמי ששייך לעם היהודי, כאשר בפיסקה “אָחִיךָ”, “עֲמִיתֶךָ” ו”רֵעֲךָ” מקבילים ל”בְּנֵי עַמֶּךָ”, כלומר העם היהודי. כיום משתמשים במושג “רֵעֲךָ” בשפה העברית כדי לתאר חבר קרוב מאוד, ואפילו לפעמים בן זוג, לעומת השפה האנגלית, בה היא מתורגמת ל’שכן’. עולה אם כן השאלה, מיהם שכנינו או חברינו הקרובים היום? האם הם רק אלה השייכים לעם היהודי, או שמא ניתן להרחיב את משמעותה של המילה להכיל את כל בני האדם בארצינו או בעולם הגלובלי כולו?  האם זאת בקשה מוגזמת?

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“Resisting Racism and Keeping the Light of Hope Alive”

By Rabbi Ron Kronish

“Earlier this week, I was invited to attend a meeting of the Committee on Education of the Knesset (parliament) by leaders of a coalition which I am part of

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

called Tag Meir, Hebrew for “Light Tag,” or perhaps better translated as “A Sign of Light.” The group combats hate crimes that have become endemic in certain quarters in Israel during the last year and a half. We began at Hanukkah to react to each violent act of Jewish ultra-nationalists who desecrate churches and mosques and attack innocent peace activists, who go under the name Tag Mechir, Hebrew for “Price Tag.” Our idea was to light a beacon of peace and reconciliation to show the sane face of the moderate mainstream of Judaism in Israel.

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