News that the United States-led negotiations with Iran had produced a framework agreement broke right before the beginning of Passover. This agreement and its critics are very much intertwined with polarizing figures and sharply divided camps. Still, despite, not because of the political dimension, I believe that these negotiations that could change the face of the Middle East one way or the other are impossible to ignore. Especially as these next weeks on the Jewish calendar bring moments that help shape our stories of how we balance faith, fear, and hope.
Tonight begins the final days of Passover, the Splitting of the Red Sea, an unadulterated triumph of faith over fear. Next Thursday, on the other hand, brings Yom Hashoah, the commemoration of the devastation wreaked by the Nazis, the darkest reminder of the unrelenting and unsparing destruction when help came too late to save millions from cruelty and brutality. And the week after Yom HaShoah, Israel marks Yom Hazikkaron and Yom HaAtzmaut celebrating the establishment of Israel while commemorating those who have fallen serving to defend the Jewish State.
What can be learned from these three occasions falling one week after another? ....read the rest
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