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poniedziałek, 31 sierpnia 2009
Pielgrzymka kobiet do Piekar Śląskich, relacja TVS
Pielgrzymka kobiet do Piekar Śląskich, relacja TVS

Pielgrzymka kobiet do Piekar Śląskich, relacja TVS

http://www.tvs.pl/tv/video,kosciol_w_metropoliach,4597.html
SOWA

0 16 sierpnia odbyła się coroczna pielgrzymka kobiet i dziewcząt do Piekar Śląskich. Hasło pielgrzymki: "Otoczmy troską życie" przypominało o roli kobiety, która troszczy się o przekazywanie życia.

http://www.oneview.de/user/url/details.jsf?name=SOWA&urlId=67208043
wtorek, 12 maja 2009
12-14.06 Zakroczym. Codzienny udział w Mszach św. w rycie trydenckim i rozmowy o Kościele, Ojczyźnie i Narodzie Polskim


Powrót do Tradycji da Kościołowi siłę. A silny Kościół to silna Polska.

Serdecznie zapraszamy wszystkich kochających Boga i Ojczyznę do wzięcia udziału w II Spotkaniach Pokolenia Summorum Pontificum organizowanych w dn. 12-14 czerwca br. u oo. Kapucynów w Zakroczymiu (diecezja płocka, 40 km od Warszawy). Codzienny udział w Mszach św. celebrowanych w rycie trydenckim i niekończące się dyskusje o Kościele, Tradycji katolickiej i naszej ukochanej Ojczyźnie - to atmosfera, którą każdy może poczuć wraz z nami.

Wiele informacji o idei Spotkań i przebiegu pierwszej ich edycji:
http://www.spotkania.serwis.propolonia.pl/

Kontakt z organizatorami: spotkania2009@o2.pl

Serdecznie zapraszamy!
Komitet Organizacyjny II SPSP
http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/kulturzentrum_/message/1691

niedziela, 10 maja 2009
Kiedyś o Jezu chodził po świecie, żydy krzyczały za Tobą: SPAM!
Od PKN

Kiedyś o Jezu chodził po świecie, żydy krzyczały za Tobą: SPAM!

Weź go ukrzyżuj, bo coś tu plecie, czego my żydy nie chcemy znać!

On tu spamuje przypowieściami, w których nadzieja, królestwa cień!
A to niezgodne jest z naszym prawem; zbawieniem żyda: koszer,
geszeft.

Serwis obecni w przestrzeni wiary, to w Kielcach Panie: ANTYSPAM!
My Katolicy z tymi żydami w twórczym dialogu u Twoich bram.

Byłeś Dzieciątkiem, Ty Wielki Boże, w żłóbku płakałeś nad światem złym.
Nie płacz Dzieciątko, ja Ci w pokorze serce me daję, Ty mieszkaj w nim.

Rzekłeś: Nie może ze Mną być w Niebie, kto nie chce dziecku podobnym być.
Ja dziecię Twoje w Kielcach u siebie nie dyskutuję z obecnikiem.

Kiedy w ostatniej będziem potrzebie, gdy zakrólujesz nad światem złym
Przyjmiesz do siebie maile Polaków, na zawsze spoczną przy sercu Twym.

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Subject: [sowa] Bog, Honor i Ojczyzna - czy to sa poglady niezgodne z prawem cadyka, w ktore zyd wierzy w redakcji obecni?

Bog, Honor i Ojczyzna - czy to sa poglady niezgodne z prawem cadyka, w ktore zyd wierzy w redakcji obecni?

Serwis Obecni - przestrzeń wiary jest odpowiedzią na wezwanie Kościoła do nowej ewangelizacji, oraz wezwanie o kulturę przyjazną człowiekowi. Jego szeroki religijno-moralny i społeczno-kulturalny profil chce stanowić płaszczyznę do podejmowania dyskusji nad różnorodnymi problemami życia dzisiejszego człowieka. Gromadząc wokół siebie twórców starszych i młodszych, duchownych i świeckich, środowiska akademickie i parafialne, pragnie wypełniać szeroką przestrzeń nieustannie podejmowanego dialogu Kościoła ze współczesnym światem.

Patronat: Wyższe Seminarium Duchowne w Kielcach

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Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2009 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: [sowa] 9 maja Fiesta, la Asociacion Polaca de Cordoba; Kiszczak, Walesa, Tusk, Kaczynski; Stefan Kosiewski: Gdzie dwóch sie zmówi; Roland Reuß: Urheberrechtskonferenz Berlin (kurzer Bericht) und weitere Informationen

To jest spamowanie poglądami ideowymi. Oczywiście niezgodne z prawem!!!
 
 
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Stefan Kosiewski: Gdzie dwóch się zmówi...
sowa

Po czerwcowych wyborach "wygrany" i "przegrany!"

http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/sowa/message/650



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Po czerwcowych wyborach
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niedziela, 03 maja 2009
nieczyste geszefty, fałszywy ekumenizm; Redakcja "Obecni": Jeszcze raz i zglaszam emaila do prokuratury.

Dzisiaj w Polsce święto w kilku wymiarach: Uroczystości z okazji Dnia Flagi bez Lecha Kaczyńskiego, szabat;
żydokatolicka redakcja@obecni.net.pl przysyła w sobotę majla z groźbą karalną, że zgłasza majla do prokuratury. 
 
Zmiłuj się Boże nad przechrztami (młodszymi braćmi we wierze), jeśli nie wiedzą, co mówić.
Szalom.

Od mienie pożydowskie, drewniane domki, zniszczone zabytki architektury i "rewitalizacja" za 120 mln

Temat: nieczyste geszefty, fałszywy ekumenizm; pytania 3:

1. Czy tora jest dla Katolika swietą księgą; czy Katolik może tak bez grzechu nazywać tekst, w którym pełno jest ponoć bluźnierstw w stosunku do Jezusa, Maryii i Katolików?

2. Dlaczego na http://www.przk.pl/pg/pl/kontakt.html pojawia sie reklama: "święte księgi, Tora"?

3. Czy żydzi starozakonni handlują Nowym Testamentem, czy może pozostawiają ten nieczysty handel w rękach gojów?


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Sent: Saturday, May 02, 2009 4:32 PM

Jeszcze raz i zglaszam emaila do prokuratury.

----- Original Message -----
From: SOWA
Sent: Saturday, May 02, 2009 5:34 PM
Subject: [sowa] Temat: nieczyste geszefty, fałszywy ekumenizm; pytania 3 do: redakcja@obecni.net.pl Szalom. Re: czy zyd oglupial?

http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/kulturzentrum/message/2165
 
Redakcja nie moze odmowic przyjecia poczty, nie ma do tego prawa.
To z tego wzgledu, ze jest organizacja publiczna zbiorowa.
To oznacza ,ze w redakcji jest lub moze byc osoba , ktora ma prawo do infomacji ta wlasnie droga jaka jest mail.
Jest to prawo do infomacji (wymiany) jakie zostalo przejete przez Polske juz w latach -70 na podstawie umow miedzynarodowych.
 
Oswiadczenie zas , ze sprawe odda sie do prokuratury jest grozba karalna.
 
" ...kto kogo zmusza do czynu lub zaniechania jakiejs czynnosci , podlega karze....."
 
Prawo do odmowienia przyjmowannia poczty dotyczy wylacznie osob prywatnych.
 
(-)Krzysztof Cierpisz

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piątek, 19 grudnia 2008
Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Learn-in by Phone: Heschel, King, & America's Future
  
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A Prophetic Voice in Jewish, Multireligious, and American Life

Learn-in by Phone: Heschel, King, & America's Future

Co-learners, co-activists, co-celebrators, co-explorers -- 
 
The Shalom Center and Ohalah ---  the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal --- are co-sponsoring a telephone "learn-in" on "Heschel, King, and the American Future" that I will be leading.  (Please feel free to circulate this message.)
 
It will meet from  noon till 2 pm, Eastern US time, on Thursday January 8.


I will be drawing on some texts of  Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King, together with some writings by others about them, to examine how their relationships with God affected and were affected by their forms of prayer and social action.
 
The two men were close co-workers on behalf of civil rights and peace from 1964 to 1968, when King was killed; and Heschel continued with this work till his own death late in 1972.

King's actual birthday was January 15; it is nationally celebrated this year on January 19.
 
Heschel's "yohrzeit" (death-anniversary) which in the Jewish calendar is the 18th of Tevet, will this year fall on January 13-14.
 
The proximity of these dates to the coming into office of a new Congress and new President of the USA in a special aura of crisis and change invites us to carry the King-Heschel vision into our religious congregations and communities and to American society more broadly. The seminar will help you to do that  -- or simply to better understand two of the great leaders of the 20th century.

Members of Ohalah will register with Ohalah. From them the seminar will be one of the perks of membership.  Check on the seminar registration page to see how to do this.
 
For others, registration will cost $13. (In the Jewish numerological system, 13= Echad, the Hebrew word for ONE.)  To register for the course, please click to -

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środa, 17 grudnia 2008
Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Correcting a Quote, n my essay on same-sex marriage and the evolving Torah,
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Subject: Correcting a Quote


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In my essay on same-sex marriage and the evolving Torah, I wrote:

At the Burning Bush, confronting the narrow-minded rules of the Pharaoh  of "Mitzrayyim" (the Hebrew word for Egypt actually means "the strait and  narrow"), God took on the name "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh."  "Ehyeh" is the  future tense, "I Will Be," so it would seem reasonable to understand this Name  as "I Will Be Who I Will Be"  -- God is Becoming.  Yet it was  translated by the King James Version of the Bible in the present tense,  ""I Will Be Who I Will Be."

But of course what I meant was that the King James version translated it as "I Am That I Am."   Present tense, not future. Sorry for the glitch of mind or fingers.

The point is that what Moses needed, in order to shake Pharaoh and awaken the Israelites from slavery, was a Name of God that said Reality can change, the universe is Becoming. Future tense.

For exactly the same reason, a committee of translators appointed by a King -- especially James I -- did NOT want to affirm that the world could change.  Present tense, unchangeable God, unchangeable monarchy.

Shalom, salaam, peace -- Arthur

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wtorek, 16 grudnia 2008
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, newsweek, sowa-frankfurt, Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 12:43 PM
Subject: "Newsweek," Same-Sex Marriage, & Torah


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Same-Sex Marriage:
The Evolving Bible
Newsweek magazine recently published a cover article  endorsing same-sex marriage. The article caused a storm. I think the article could have taken the same bottom-line position, and yet imaginably have stirred a lot more thought  and maybe even a little less explosion. Here is why:
Preparing for the article,  a  Newsweek reporter interviewed me at considerable length about my theology of same-sex marriage, Then she called back to say her boss had said to ask me  whether I thought Judaism should be inclusive toward gays.   I answered yes, and then that pretty simple-minded question and response were how I got quoted in the cover article.
Nothing about how I view the biblical proscription of male homosexuality, and why I think the oft-quoted lines in tbe Hebrew Bible are no longer God's will - and how the Torah seeks to transcend itself on several dimensions of sexual ethics.  If my experience was replicated by others, no wonder opponents of same-sex marriage thought the article ignored the serious religious issues. It did.
What I did answer was that at the initial human level, the more anyone gets to know gay and lesbian couples, the clearer it is that they live as holy or sometimes unholy lives as different-sex couples, and their relationships are just as worthy of spiritual affirmation and celebration.  So of course it is important, not only for the sake of Jewish peoplehood or the Christian church or the Muslim umma to be "inclusive" toward them, but also important for God's sake  -- literally.
Then those who are religiously committed and who honor the Torah (whether Jews, Christians, or Muslims) find a sticking point in its text. And that is when a serious theological analysis becomes necessary.
So this is the analysis I laid out, which the original reporter thought very exciting - but not a hint of which appeared in the article: 
 The Biblical prohibition of same-sex sexual relationships is rooted in three basic rules the Hebrew Bible prescribes for proper sexual ethics:
 (1) Have as many children as possible. (Gen. 1:28: "Be fruitful, multiply, fill up the earth, and subdue it.");
 (2) Men should rule over women (Genesis 3:16, where God says to Eve, "Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you") ; and
 (3) Sex is delightful and sacred (Song of Songs, throughout). Celibacy was strongly discouraged.
But these rules were not set in stone forever. Indeed, the Hebrew Bible itself encourages and implores us to transcend and transform the first two of these "rules" -- and thereby sets the stage for an evolving religious tradition that celebrates same-sex marriage for those whose sexual orientation makes that the joyful and sacred alternative.
Twice in the Torah, we are told, "You shall not lie with a man as in lying with a woman." (Lev. 18: 22 and 20: 13).
Some have argued these verses prohibit all male-male sexuality. Others have argued that the verse must mean something else, for this "lying with" seems anatomically impossible. Is it only about casual or ritual homosexuality, not committed relationships? How did some of the greatest rabbis of the "Golden Age" in Spain write glowing erotic poems about male-male sex?
But let us go beyond these historical or midrashic questions, to look more deeply into Torah. Does Torah anticipate --  even intend -- its own transformation? If so, under what circumstances?
Let us learn from a passage of Talmud (Baba Kama 79b) that cautions against raising goats and sheep in the Land of Israel. Since our Biblical forebears did precisely that, how could the Talmud have the chutzpah to oppose it? The Rabbis knew that since great and growing numbers of humans were raising goats and sheep there, these flocks would denude and ruin the Land. The world had changed, and so did Jewish holy practice.
Let us look at the Bible's three basic rules of sexual ethics.  "Be fruitful and multiply" worked against homosexuality, but what shall we do today, when the Earth is so "filled" with human beings that the whole web of life is at risk, and so "subdued" by human technology that the world-wide climate is in crisis? Like the rabbis who wisely warned against raising goats, today should we be encouraging, not forbidding, sexuality that avoids biological multiplication? We might read the precept to be fruitful and expansive emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rather than arithmetically and biologically.
The rule that a man must rule over a woman left no room for a relationship of two men. Which should rule over the other "as with a woman"? Two "dominant" men trying to have an intimate relationship would overload the computer circuits and shatter the relationship. Two "subordinate" women, however, would not even turn on the computer -- and indeed, the Hebrew Bible is uninterested in what we would call lesbian relationships.
Is the rule of male dominance intended by Torah to persist forever? No more than the twin statement (Gen. 3: 17-19) that men shall "toil in the sweat of their brow," wringing a livelihood from a hostile earth. We do not act as if Torah commands us to eschew the tools that ease our labor. Instead, we seek to shape a world in which work is far less toilsome.
These statements about toil, fruitfulness, and male dominance are not edicts to be obeyed but a map of post-Edenic history, to be transcended and transformed.
Through the deeds of human history, God has shaped the modernity that eases our work, makes women and men more nearly equal, and brings the human race to fill up and subdue the earth. So now we must ask ourselves, as the Talmud asked, what must we change in our new world?
In a world already filled and subdued by the human race, Rule 1, that we must multiply our numbers, may actually contravene God's intention.
In a world where Rule 2, that men must dominate women, has been transcended so that men and women can be equal, one man can lie with another "as with a woman" without disaster.
The third basic rule -- that sex is delightful and sacred -- still stands. The Song of Songs embodies it. The Song points both beyond the childish Eden of the past and beyond the sad history that followed Eden; it points to "Eden for grown-ups." In the Song, bodies are no longer shameful, as they became after the mistake of Eden; the earth is playful, not our enemy; and women and men are equal in desire and in power.
Though the Song is on its face heterosexual in the love it speaks of, it describes the kind of sensual pleasure beyond the rules of marriage and family that has characterized some aspects of gay and lesbian desire. Today we can dissolve the walls that have separated sensually pleasurable homosexual relationships from rule-bound heterosexual marriage. We can instead encourage playful marriages suffused with joy and pleasure -- for a man and woman, for two men, for two women.
At the Burning Bush, confronting the narrow-minded rules of the Pharaoh of "Mitzrayyim" (the Hebrew word for Egypt actually means "the strait and narrow"), God took on the name "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh."  "Ehyeh" is the future tense, "I Will Be," so it would seem reasonable to understand this Name as "I Will Be Who I Will Be"  -- God is Becoming.  Yet it was translated by the King James Version of the Bible in the present tense, ""I Will Be Who I Will Be."
Given the nature of time and grammatical tense in biblical Hebrew, is the present tense a possible translation?  In grammatical theory, yes. But look at the context of what is happening at the Burning Bush.  Moses wants to confront Pharaoh and his own people with a NAME OF GOD -- that is, an understanding of reality -- that will make change possible. A Pharaoh who is committed to the status quo and people who have been in slavery for hundreds of years will not be shaken or transformed by invoking a God Who is unchanging, let alone the "God of their fathers." They need an understanding of the universe that says that at its very root, it beckons transformation.
Try thinking about the Torah as not only a living wisdom for the future but an echo of real life from the past --  try to understand it as a breathing crystallization of the lives of the people. THAT is why at the Burning Bush moment the future tense is crucial, just as earlier -- when the issue was fruitfulness and procreation for the troubled clan of Abraham, down to Joseph, it was crucial for God to be El Shaddai -- the God of Breasts, the Nurturing God.
 The future tense --  Becoming - is what we need today.  Instead of rigidly defending marriage as it used to be, we can honor the God Who Becomes by expanding the circles in which marriage -- a new kind of marriage -- becomes possible.
Shalom, salaam, peace --  Arthur
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One of my books -- Down-to-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life  -- addresses the issues of sexual ethics in depth. It is available from The Shalom Center.
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Komentarze internautów: Zapraszam Cohn-Bendita

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Zapis rozmowy Klausa z unijnymi politykami

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poniedziałek, 24 listopada 2008
Christliches Fest und kulturelle Identität Europas Eine Konferenz 27.-28.11. 2008
Christliches Fest und kulturelle Identität Europas Eine Konferenz  27.-28.11. 2008
Akademie Franz Hitze Haus. Die Feier der Liturgie als Beitrag zur kulturellen Identität Europas. Kooperation mit: Lehrstuhl für Liturgiewissenscha...
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0 Die Feier der Liturgie als Beitrag zur kulturellen Identität Europas
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• Das Verhältnis von christlichem Fest und kultureller Identität
• Zur gesellschaftlichen Rolle christlicher Feste in Europa
•  Die Bedeutung christlicher Festkultur für Europa aus Sicht von Kirchenleitung und Politik
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Annika Bender, Liturgiewissenschaftlerin, Erfurt
Senator a.D. Dr. Volker Hassemer, Senator a.D. und Sprecher der Initiative `Europa eine Seele geben´, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Arnaud Join-Lambert, Liturgiewissenschaftler, Louvain-la-Neuve/B
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kranemann, Liturgiewissenschaftler, Erfurt
Dipl.-theol. Alexandra Lason, Fundamentaltheologin, Erfurt
Prof. Dr. Paul G.J. Post, Liturgiewissenschaftler, Tilburg/NL
Prof. Dr. hab. Helmut Sobeczko, Liturgiewissenschaftler, Opole/PL
Prof. Dr. Miklós Tomka, Religionssoziologe, Budapest/H
Dr. Charalampos Tsochos, Klassischer Archäologe, Erfurt
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sobota, 22 listopada 2008
Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Abraham's Death: THE TOMB & THE WELL
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Abraham's Death:

THE TOMB & THE WELL

[First let me say: I know we've sent you a lot of Emails this week:  a couple on our "Jews Uniting to End the War and Heal America" event (and you've responded wonderfully: 350 people are coming, and still counting); this comment below on the weekly Torah portion; and an emergency appeal for the hungry folk of Postville, Iowa. It will calm down from this coming week on, I promise.  -- Arthur]

This week's Torah portion is called "Chayye Sarah," "Sarah lived." But the story is about her death , her burial, and then the death of Abraham - whose two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, went beyond their estrangement to join in burying him ---  and then were able to live together at Ishmael's well.

What can we learn from these stories?

The stories ascribe power to two places, a tomb and a well:

Now these are the days and the years of Abraham, which he lived:
A hundred years and seventy years and five years, then he expired.
Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Makhpelah (Doubling) in the field that Abraham had acquired.
There were buried Abraham and Sarah his wife.
Now it was after Abraham's death, that God blessed Isaac his son.
And Isaac sat by the Well of the Living-One Who-Sees-Me.
(Gen. 25: 7-8a, 9-11)

The tomb is "acquired"; at the well, one "sits" and "is seen." Let us explore the meanings of these two places, these two life-paths.

Almost the entire story of this tomb is about its acquisition. When Sarah died, Abraham bargained with Ephron the Hittite precisely to acquire the Cave of Makhpelah, lest it come to him purely as a gift. From Genesis 23: 3 to 23: 18, we hear about the dickering; then in one verse we learn that Abraham buried Sarah there, and in two verses -- Gen. 25: 9-10 -- we learn that Isaac and Ishmael buried Abraham there.

In modern times, this acquisition has been cited as a model and prototype for Jewish ownership of the entire Land of Israel.

But on deeper reflection, this understanding is perplexing. Abraham began his bargaining by making clear that he is a ger v'toshav imakhem, a "sojourner-settler with you." He is not normally entitled to own land as a permanent holding for generations to come. He needs a special dispensation in order to acquire this property.

This is exactly the same formula with which YHWH explained in Leviticus 25: 23 that the land must not be sold beyond reclaim, for the Israelites are -- and are intended to be --  "gerim v'toshavim . . . imadi" - "sojourners-settlers with Me."

So Abraham was the model sojourner-settler, and his offspring were to learn that in this very land they are not to be owners but sojourners-settlers. Yet he acquired this particular piece of land, beyond reclaim. He did with this piece of land exactly what the God of Torah says must not be done -- and yet the Torah approves his acquisition.

How come? What is this "acquisition" for?

A
grave. As if only the dead can "own" land; the living simply sojourn on God's land.

Owning rigidifies what had been fluid. Death rigidifies what had been fluid.


 Now let us turn to the other aspect of the story. Isaac and Ishmael survived their dangerous father. Isaac went to live at the "Well of the Living One Who Sees Me."

Where did this Well come from? -- It was the fluid, flowing well through which "God hearkened" and saved his brother Ishmael's life, turning his name into a reality.  (Yishma-el means "God hearkens.")

Hagar was the first of the Biblical figures to be connected with a well. This one, first revealed to her when she was pregnant with Ishmael and feeling badly treated, was shown to her again just as Ishmael seemed at the point of death.

She had cast her son beneath a bush ---  a tiny oasis whose roots must have gone deep to find a source of water. She hopes the bush will keep the sun from scorching him. (The "casting" is from "tashlich," the word that means not throwing trash away but, like Jonah when God cast him into the sea, means being placed where the future can be transformed.)

Hagar closed her eyes, for she was unwilling to see her son die.

She cried, and her eyes poured tears into the earth.

And then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water that she gave to Ishmael.

Surely this was once again the Well of the Living One Who Sees Me, which she had first seen years before when her own womb could give Ishmael his nourishment.

And surely it was her tears themselves, falling into the earth, that gave rise to this wellspring.

Perhaps Hagar closed her eyes not in resignation but in a direct challenge:

Refusing to see her son so as to force God to see him   -- to open the Well of Seeing that she had seen so many years before. And so God does.

Refusing to hear her son so as to force God to hear him as she had been promised long ago.

And indeed God Heard and saved their lives, watering their future as Hagar's eyes had watered earth and God's own self. "Va'yishma elohim!" "Yishma'el" becomes his name in fact as well as in truth.

It is there, at the Well of the Living One Who Sees me, that after they come together to mourn the father who had endangered both his sons, the son of Hagar ("The Stranger") can live at last with the son of Sarah ("Queen").

And what does Isaac do? "Vayeshev," he sat there. (Gen. 25: 11) He did not need to wander, he did not need to own. Like a practitioner of Zen, he sat. 
He let YHWH, the Breath of Life,  see him.

If we the living give up our attachment to the rigidity of acquiring, we can sit calmly to drink at the flowing wells of vision.

(In the book The Tent of Abraham (Beacon) and on our Website at  --
http://www.shalomctr.org/taxonomy_menu/1/127/7/56
you can find more of my and others' reinterpretations of Torah in the spirit of peace, justice, and healing.)

With blessings of shalom, salaam, PEACE - Arthur 

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Beyond the Election: Harvesting Our Values, von Rabbi Arthur Waskow
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A Prophetic Voice in Jewish, Multireligious, and American Life

Beyond the Election:

Harvesting Our Values

With the major exception of the votes on gay marriage in California and Florida, the values held by large majorities of American Jews won the day in the general election. In a separate email, I will examine that important defeat, and what Jews and those of other progressive religious views can do about it.

After a great deal of angst and organizing effort,  78% of the Jewish vote went to the victorious  Obama-Biden ticket. It is worth celebrating the fact that despite ---  or because of! ---  extraordinary efforts by slanders against Obama to poison specifically Jewish minds, as well as the country  at large, most Jews saw through the slanders.

But the work to carry profound Jewish values into the decisions of our national government did not end on Election Day, for the task will be hard to fulfill.

(Later in this letter, I will look at the naming of Rahm Emanuel, a Jewishly committed Jew with a liberal record on almost all issues except perhaps Israel as Obama's chief of staff. The appointment has upset many progressives, including some Jewish progressives. I will also report on organizing work The Shalom Center has helped spark that will include Martin Luther King's Birthday/ Inauguration Day efforts, and a 40th anniversary New Interfaith Freedom Seder.)

The seeds that many of us have sown together over these last years are but come to their first sprouting:

•    The seeds of organizing to make peace in Iraq and the broader Middle East.

•    The seed of insisting that the abundance that comes from God and earth and human effort must be shared, lest its concentration in the hands of the super-wealthy become a blood-clot endangering our whole economic circulatory system -- as indeed has happened.

•    The seed of urging our country to address the biggest issue ever to face the human race - the climate crisis of global scorching.

Now the seeds we sowed have sprouted -- into a President and Congress who promise to respond. 

But that is not the end of the story.  For  sprouts are only the next step toward fruition. To harvest our vision will take more work. There are entrenched interests out there that are trying to kill off the new sprouts; some of them are already warning Obama against trying to fulfill his promises. They will organize; so must we.

Indeed, no President, no Congress, can harvest the fruits of peace, justice, and sustainability  unless there is a community in motion --- a grass-roots movement ---  demanding and creating crucial changes in private behavior as well as public policy.  That is work we need to do together.

So on Sunday, November 23, The Shalom Center and the Workmen's Circle will hold an action gathering in New York City: "Jews Uniting to End the War and Heal America." (See --

https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/602/t/7445/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=3732 )

For too many years, some parts of the American Jewish community have held back from our true calling to seek peace and pursue it  -- for American families and soldiers, for Iraqi cities, for Israel, and for the broader Middle East.

For too many years, even the Jewish desire for social justice in America has been blunted by failing to connect that hope with the need to end the Iraq War and to work toward a broader peace. How can a trillion dollars robbed from schools and healthcare and firefighters to pay for death and destruction NOT be a domestic issue?

The gathering will restart the energies of a Jewish activism that sees "domestic" and "foreign" policy as a seamless whole.
Speakers and workshop leaders will include Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Amy Goodman of  Democracy Now, Rabbi David Saperstein of the  Religious Action Center in Washington, Rabbi Peter Knobel, president of the  Reform rabbinical association, former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, Sammie  Moshenberg of the National Council of Jewish Women, Leslie Cagan of United for  Peace and Justice, Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street, Michael Ratner, Center for  Constitutional Rights, Rabbi Or Rose of Righteous Indignation, Rabbi Nina Beth  Cardin of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) --- - and many other luminaries of the newest and oldest  generations of activist Jews.

Why do this? Because Jewish values and wisdom teach us to pursue peace, justice, and healing of the earth. Because no President, no Congress can make change happen and  heal America without a vigorous grass-roots movement organizing for change, to  counter entrenched top-down interests. And because if there is  serious Jewish involvement, the grass-roots movement for change in America  will be considerably stronger.

Our goals are (a) to put ending the Iraq war  and turning to domestic needs high on the agenda of major Jewish organizations, not only on paper but in their commitment to mobilize vigorous  action by their members, and (b) to involve grass-roots Jews of all sorts, in  or out of the organizational Jewish world.

Why choose November 23?  We will have enough time to start organizing before January 20, when the new US government will come to office. We intend to leave November 23 with a Jewish  action network ready to move quickly.

Is the Rahm Emanuel appointment already proof that Obama as President will not deliver on his promises? I do not think so. Some of the attacks on Emanuel are outrageous - for example, condemning him because his father was a member of the mostly right-wing , often terrorist wing of the early Zionist movement and recently made nasty and disgusting statements about Arabs. (Statements Rahm has repudiated and apologized for.)  Have we not learned from dealing with attacks on Obama because of  his associates to focus on a person, not his /her relatives?

In the life of Emanuel (the son) there are some reasons to be concerned, but in my view not to be outraged. He has been liberal or progressive on many issues and worked hard for the Oslo agreement between Israel and Palestine - not a right-wing position -- while he was on President Clinton's staff.  But in the classic stance of many American Jewish politicians, since the outbreak of the second intifada he has been somewhat more oriented to military solutions when he thinks the safety of Israel is at stake. 

That is not why Obama chose him; it was because he could be extraordinarily adept in getting progressive legislation through Congress. But we should not ignore what I think is his badly mistaken view of how to protect Israel's and America's security  -- because a peace settlement in the broadest Middle East, from Afghanistan and Iran to Palestine and Israel, will be necessary in order to allow American lives, funds, and energy to be redirected to heal America and the planet.   And ending the US addiction to oil is crucial to ending our obsession with controlling the Middle East, instead of making peace there. The two are inextricably intertwined.

Instead of demonizing Emanuel, progressive Jews through groups like Brit Tzedek, J Street, Americans for Peace Now, the Workmens Circle, Meretz USA, Tikkun, and The Shalom Center need to be working with progressive Muslims and Christians to build a new spiritually and religiously rooted grass-roots coalition for peace in the entire region.
At our best,  Jews do not work in the Jewish community alone.  We can also be an important nurturing energy for multireligious action.

With this in mind and heart, we can join in gathering Americans' energy to  a multireligious  effort to bring the Spirit into Action, this January.

Barak Obama will become President at noon on Tuesday, January 20. The day before is Martin Luther King's Birthday!  His close co-worker Abraham Joshua Heschel's yohrzeit is January 14! (Still believe God didn't plan this moment?)

Exactly one year before he died, speaking at Riverside Church in New York, Dr. King called on Americans to cure ourselves of the destructive "triplets," as he called them, of racism, militarism, and materialism in America. To move forward in a revolution of values toward becoming the Beloved Community.

The Shalom Center, along with the Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah; the Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Partnership; and leaders of the National Council of Churches and the Islamic Society of North America are working to make this moment a time for Americans to recommit ourselves to the fullness of Dr. King's vision. To see a fuller explanation of this effort -- "Relearning Heschel, Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America" and to join in it, see --

http://www.shalomctr.org/node/1432

And still further in the task of growing toward the holy harvest: This spring will mark 40 years since the original Freedom Seder. On the first anniversary of Dr. King's death, it honored the freedom struggles of Blacks in modern America as well as Jews in ancient Egypt. In Washington and all around the country, The Shalom Center will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Freedom Seder. Once again this Seder will be interfaith, multireligious, multiracial. This time it will focus on the "Ten Plagues" that today are endangering the earth ----  and on what we can do to bring Ten Blessings to the earth instead.

For fuller information on this 40th anniversary Interfaith Freedom Seder for the Earth, see --

http://www.shalomctr.org/node/1457

Of course, these three moments  --- "Jews Uniting," the Heschel-King-Obama convergence, and the New Freedom Seder ---  will not end the journey; they can be important steps in the long harvest.  Out of them must grow networks of change to make sure that entrenched interests do not paralyze the efforts to bring change about.

Shalom, salaam, peace --
Arthur

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