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A Prayer for Peace by Rabbi Lerner of Tikkun


A Prayer for Peace

Avinu ve’ emoteynu sheh ba shamayim, tzur Yisra’el ve’ go’aloe

Our Father and Mother energies in the cosmos, the rock of Israel and our salvation,

Bless all the peoples of the Middle East with peace, security, environment sanity, and a sense of being genuinely cared for by the world and by the God/dess of all flesh, however they conceive of this God or Goddess, whatever names or language they give to the ULTIMATE SOURCE OF LOVE AND MEANING IN THE UNIVERSE.

In this hour of war, violence, and pain, we reaffirm the humanity and decency of all the people on our planet, and our ability to see the humanity and God-presence in the Palestinian people, the Israeli people, and all people on the planet. We understand that each of the many sides of the conflicts tearing our world aparttoday have their own legitimacy, but we also know that violence cannot be the path to a peaceful and safe world. We may be outraged at the behavior of governments, political parties, or groups acting in hurtful ways, but we will not accept any attempt to generalize that righteous indignation into generalities about all people of a certain nation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other such grouping.

We ask YOU, the Force of Healing and Transformation in the Universe, Yud Hey Vav Hey, ALLAH, the Cosmis Christ, Krishna, whatever name people give to this Force, to open up the hearts of all humanity to each other and to the earth itself. Let us quickly see a new consciousness permeating the human race, a consciousness which recognizes that peace and “homeland security” can never be achieved through strategies based on domination and “power over” others, but only through a strategy of genuine love, caring, kindness, and generosity toward others.

As Spiritual Progressives, we will do our best to practice that openheartedness, love and generosity, xtoward the Palestinian people, our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, and toward the Israeli people, even while still retaining our critical consciousness enough to wish that each side would stop being hurtful toward the other and would adopt the New Bottom Line of love, kindness, caring for each other and the planet, that provides the only sustainable path for us and all peoples on the planet.

We know that peace can only be sustainably achieved when the world is reorganized along principles of social justice, caring for each other and caring for the planet Earth–and so we will commit to putting our energies into that task. Give us the strength and wisdom to know how to heal the many hurts of people who have responded to their own pain by acting in painful ways toward others. Give us the capacity to show empahty and to learn how heal the wounds, not only of the oppressed, but also the wounds that distort the behaviors and generate the fears that are the basis of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and every other form of distorted consciousness. And give us the humility to recognize our own blind spots and the courage to work to heal ourselves even as we seek to heal others!

Precisely at this moment, we refuse to be realistic, but instead recognize YOU and your presence in our lives as an incitement to put our energies and money behind our highest values-love, kindness, generosity, ethical and environmental sustainability, and awe/wonder/and radical amazement at the grandeur and mystery of the universe. It is from this standpoint, rooted in our Torah and in our tradition for some, for the Koran or the Netw Testament for others, and for many other spiritual sources, that we affirm that love and kindness will triumph on our planet, and we will do our part to make that actually happen. In so acting, we will become Your partners in Tikkun Olam-the healing and repair of the world.

Written for Tikkun magazine RabbiLerner.tikkun


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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 18 July 2014


William Rivers Pitt | Hope in the Village

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Like a coal in the night, a bunch of kids are immersed in the practice of community and good government. They are engaged, learning how to express themselves, learning how to work together, learning how to be real and effective citizens. They will carry those experiences with them into adulthood, and improve their world, thanks to the Game of Village.

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Common Minerals: Lifeblood of the Economic System, Disappearing Along With Fossil Fuels

Shay Totten, Truthout: Minerals and fossil fuels that are rapidly being exhausted are described by Ugo Bardi, professor at the University of Florence and the author of Extracted, as “Gaia’s Gift”: “It is a gift that was made only once in human history and that will not be made again in the future. From now on, we are on our own, and we must learn how to live with less.”

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“Deporter-in-Chief” to Reach 2 Million Mark

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Despite Obama’s deportations of a record 2 million immigrants, rights groups across the country have resisted draconian measures to destroy American families. Undocumented activists who put their lives and families on the line have shed light not only on the inhumanity of deportation practices, but also on the exploitation of immigrant workers.

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Sarah Jaffe | The Right to Parent, Even If You Are Poor

Sarah Jaffe, In These Times: Since the 1996 welfare reform bill, low-income women get little financial help raising children, and then their poverty is used as a strike against them. They are pushed to find work because society doesn’t see the care work they do as worthy of financial support.

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The Latest Crack in Our Broken Immigration System

Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde, OtherWords: It takes the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency an average of seven years to grant green cards. Due to the structure of the immigration system that imposes a per-country cap, the wait now lasts more than two decades for Mexican immigrants.

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Zarif and Kerry Signal Momentum on Nuclear Pact

Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: As the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program approach the July 20 deadline, both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have signaled they are now moving toward agreement on the two most crucial issues in the talks.

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Who Advised Cuomo on Mortgage Industry Investigation? A Mortgage Lobbyist

Justin Elliott, ProPublica: In early 2007, when he was New York State attorney general, Andrew Cuomo brought on a longtime confidant as a consultant on mortgage industry investigations, a move that has gone undisclosed until now. The friend had another job at the same time: consultant and lobbyist for the very industry Cuomo was investigating.

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US Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: The US has a long and bloody history of destabilizing democratic governments in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – the very countries that are now the sources of a migration wave in which tens of thousands of children are crossing the US border fleeing violence.

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Equal Pay for Women Would Mean a More Secure Retirement for All

Kitty Lan, Campaign For America’s Future: The link is simple and clear: Women earn less than men in the workplace, resulting in lower Social Security payments after retirement. The pay discrimination against women not only hurts their current well-being and future security, but also means tens of billions less in revenues to fund Social Security.

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Five States Gunning to Make Their Kids as Scientifically Illiterate as Possible by Teaching Creationism

Dan Arel, AlterNet: In the United States, the battle to bring creationism and intelligent design into the classroom is alive and well. So what states and bills have been the worst for science education? Here are five examples of states that have either enacted or are relentlessly fighting to pass anti-evolution and or anti-science bills.

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What if You Could Only Get an Abortion if Two Doctors Approved It?

Robin Marty, Care2: Although abortion is allowed in Canada, in New Brunswick a restriction was placed on the procedure that bans Canadian health insurance from paying for it unless it is done in a hospital, and with the approval of two doctors who have declared it a “medical necessity.”

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All of Us Are Connected – None of These Words Are Mine Alone

Henia Belalia, Waging Nonviolence: Writing can be a process to explore interconnectedness and reclaim histories as tools we can use toward collective liberation. In this era of media stunts, celebrities and executive directors, there’s something fundamental for us to recognize: none of these words are ever ours alone.

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Who Is the Refugee? Native Americans and Mexicans Lived in California First

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: To those who protest the meager humanitarian relief granted to young people running for their lives from Central America and Mexico, one can ask if the hatred would appear if the immigrants were white Anglo-Saxons? Because that is what the tectonic war over democracy in the United States has been about for nearly 50 years.

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This Is What Gaza Looks Like Right Now

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Top AIDS Researchers Among Malaysia Airlines Passengers Killed After Plane Shot Down

Read the Article at The Boston Globe

Anatomy of a Border Crisis: How Child Migrants Became America’s Top Issue

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

First-of-Its-Kind Map Details Extent of Plastic in Five Ocean Gyres

Read the Article at EcoWatch

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Read the Article at Consortium News

The New Age of Global Paranoia: Russia, Ukraine and the Plane Crash Heard ‘Round the World

Read the Article at Salon

Obama Opens East Coast to Oil Search

Read the Article at The Associated Press

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The Hidden Real Reason for the Bombing and Invasion of Gaza

I just received this from a friend. I’m not surprised by the kidnappers/murderers NOT being Palestinian, nor by the natural gas being the cause of violence against indigenous people-we see this constantly in North, Central and South America.

I just hope those who ARE surprised will do the research to become more aware and then ACT on that awareness.

Violence and racism against indigenous peoples from Africa to the Americas to Ukraine, Palestine, Iraq, Australia(East Timor!) and Tibet has ALWAYS been rooted in this greed for resources.

Please keep the people in all of these myriad conflicts and violence in your prayers. Greed may arise endlessly in the colonized, but Love and prayer have power far beyond the small power of violence and murder.



“On July 7, 2014 Israel began
a massive assault on the Gaza
strip of Palestine. In the first
week alone Israel dropped over
400 tons of bombs, killing over
130 Palestinians. Most were
civilians, about half of them were
women and children. By the time
you are watching the the number
will be higher.

“Israel’s official justification for
this wholesale slaughter: the
murder of three Israeli teenagers
which Israel blames on Hamas.
That’s not the real reason. First of
all, Israel has not produced one
single piece of evidence implicating
Hamas or even a Palestinian in the
murders, and in fact the the
evidence we do have indicates that
that murderers were Israeli. You
see on Tuesday July 1st, The
Jerusalem Post released the audio
of the kidnapped teen’s distress call
to police, and in that call the
kidnappers can be heard telling the
boys to put their heads down in
HEBREW. According to the Jerusalem
Post, prior to being leaked to the
public this audio was being held
under a gag order by the Israeli

“So why is Israel really attacking
Gaza? It’s not about self defense
and it’s obviously not about
avenging those three teenagers.
Those are just cover stories for
the naive. What this is really
about is natural gas.

“It turns out that Gaza has quite
a bit of natural gas on its coastline.
One of the largest sources in the
region. British Gas, which holds a
joint exploration agreement for the
area estimates that the fields hold
at least 1 trillion cubic feet of gas.
That gas belongs to the Palestinian
people and they should be the ones
to benefit from it. Israel disagrees.

“After the death of Yasser Arafat,
under questionable circumstances,
Israel has controlled those fields,
and British Gas has negotiated with
Tel Aviv.

“With power divided between the
Palestinian Authority and Hamas,
the Palestinians have been too
weak to put up any meaningful,
resistance and Israel would like to
keep it that way. The Unity
Government between Hamas and
the Palestinian Authority threatens
Israel’s control of those fields, and
as such it has to be destroyed.

“It’s pretty basic really. These are
the real motives of all wars:
resources, territory and power.
They’ll always come up with an
excuse, and it’s easy to fall for them
if you don’t do your research, but
there’s also a really easy way
to avoid getting duped: always
stand against wars of aggression.
Period. Make it a matter of
principle, and the facts and
morality will always end up

being on your side.

“And speaking of morality,
even if those teenagers had
been killed by Hamas, what
kind of psychopath thinks that
this gives Israel the right to
go and kill over a hundred
people who had nothing to do
with it? We’re talking about
little kids here.

“I’m not going to show you the
pictures of the dead or dying
children here in this video, but
I have looked at them, and as a

father it’s almost unbearable to

If hearing about those bombs falling
doesn’t phase you emotionally, if
this is just a political debate for you,
then go look at the pictures (these
for example). You have no right to
defend what Israel is doing, if you
don’t have the courage to even
glance at the consequences.

“And anyone who would
justify these crimes after
seeing the civilian casualties
should be ashamed of

“The bombing heavily
populated residential areas
is a war crime, and the US
government is funding it
with your tax dollars. That’s
right. Israel receives over 3
billion dollars in foreign aid
from the US each year.

“Of course it’s no accident that
you’ve never had face what’s
being done to the Palestinian’s
in your name. If you turn on the
mainstream media at any point
during this crisis all you’ll see is
constant stream of reports
focusing on the Palestinian
rockets being fired in response.
These reports conveniently fail
to mention that as of yet these
primitive rockets have not killed
one single Israeli.

“The Obama administration is
also running with this artificial

“But the rockets, the rockets!
Let’s all bring this back to the
puny homemade rockets that
the Palestinians are launching
out of desperation and frame
this as a question of Israel’s

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 17 July 2014


Dahr Jamail | How US Policies Sealed Iraq’s Fate

Dahr Jamail, Truthout/TomDispatch: In a searing analysis covering the ongoing disaster in Iraq, Dahr Jamail provides this perspective on how the legacy of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq continues to destroy lives.

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When the Public Square Is in Cyberspace: Why Democracy Demands Net Neutrality

Zoe Sherman, Dollars & Sense: Since the internet is a component of the public sphere, we should hold it to the ideal of freedom of expression. Now, the big internet service providers – telecom giants like Time-Warner, Comcast and Verizon – want to change the price and speed structure.

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Water Wars and Creeping Privatization

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: The newly enacted Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act holds promise for life in a world shaped by climate change. However, privatization proponents are working hard to privatize ownership and control our water infrastructure.

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Richard D. Wolff | Capitalism’s Deeper Problem

Richard D. Wolff, Moyers & Company: Globalization distributed capitalism’s deepening inequality throughout the world. It likewise spread the usual effects of such inequality: speculation, real-estate bubbles, gross conspicuous consumption by the rich, political corruption and so on.

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A Mysterious Hole at the End of the World

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: A giant crater-like hole discovered in the Siberian tundra is believed to be caused by an underground methane explosion. Methane trapped underground in the Arctic is like a giant ticking time bomb. Unless we start seriously fighting back against climate change, giant craters in the Siberian wilderness will be the least of our worries.

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Right-Wingers Advised to Invest in Water as Fracking in Drought Areas Prompts Activism

Jessica Mason, PRWatch: As a historic drought grips the Southwest, towns in Texas and California are taking action to make sure precious fresh water is not wasted and spoiled through fracking. At the same time, some investment advisers are urging right-wingers to view drought and skyrocketing water prices as a major opportunity.

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Detroit Rallies Largest Turnout for Palestine in Years

Jimmy Johnson, Electronic Intifada: More than 1,000 people turned out for a demonstration and public outreach campaign in Detroit on July 13. The Detroit water shut-offs are no more a simple bureaucratic response to unpaid water bills than Israeli administrative home demolitions are a bureaucratic response to unpermitted Palestinian construction.

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South Sudanese Children Starving While Aid Falling Short

Julia Hotz, Inter Press Service: Even as South Sudan’s malnutrition epidemic intensifies, seven major international aid agencies, all of which prioritize food security in South Sudanese villages, may have to shut down their projects due to severe funding gaps.

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The Periodic Slaughter of Palestinians

Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News: To the Israeli government, the periodic slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza is called “mowing the grass,” a chore that frequently needs repeating. But this violence is wearing on the world’s conscience, inspiring moral objections from more and more Jews.

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Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops

Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service: Cultivation of GMOs in Mexico is turning away from concentration on maize and soybeans, after various legal appeals in 2013 banned their planting. The Mexican government and the industry are expanding their sights to include beans and wheat, among other crops.

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The Caribbean: A Clean Energy Revolution on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Richard Schiffman, Foreign Policy in Focus: Clean energy technologies are slowly making headway throughout the Caribbean. And the nearby United States, the world’s number-one historical emitter of carbon emissions, should pay attention.

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“Iraq Has Already Disintegrated”: ISIS Expands Stronghold as Leaks Expose US Doubts on Iraqi Forces

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Recent advances by ISIS come amidst leaks revealing extensive Pentagon concerns over its effort to advise the Iraqi military. Iraqi politicians, meanwhile, are scrambling to form a power-sharing government in an effort to save Iraq from splintering into separate Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish states.

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The World Is a Mess: Why That’s True, and How to Fix It

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Through Lens, Four Boys Dead by Gaza Shore

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The Cheney Family Gets the Soprano Family Fade-to-Black Treatment

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Massachusetts Mayor: City to Donate $5 for Every Angry, Anti-LGBT Caller Glenn Beck Sends After Us

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Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community and Conscience

Read the Article at Noam Bramson’s Blog

Timeline: Koch Brothers’ 50 Years in the Tar Sands

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GOP Governor Implements GOP Economics, Disaster Ensues

Read the Article at The Washington Post