I was disurbed by Alice Walker's presentation on Yom Kippur at Beyt Tikkun's service.
Rabbi Lerner on Alice Walker's Talk at Yom Kippur, plus a letter from Rabbi Arik Ascherman, chair of the Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, and their list of sins for which Jews supporting Israel should repent.
When Moses hears God's voice coming to him from the Burning Bush
(Exodus, III) he faces a difficult choice--whether to believe that
voice that tells him that the greatest empire that had ever existed
till that time (Pharoah's Egypt) can be successfully challenged, or his
"common sense" which tells him that it cannot. He has all kinds of
practical reasons for why it would be silly for him to think he could
play the role as champion of transformation. Yet there is something
else coming to him, a voice of HOPE, a voice that tells him that the
way things are is not the only way things can be. And when he chooses
to follow that voice, Ehyeh asher Ehyeh, I Shall Be whom I Shall Be,
the voice of possibility, the voice that says that the world is not
stuck, that oppression is not inevitable, he sets the course for
Judaism forever. To be a Jew is to testify to the possibility of Hope,
to see that the bush, though burning, is not consumed, that "common
sense" is overrated and often completely mistaken, that there is a
Power in the universe that makes for the possibility of transformation
form that which is to that which ought to be, YHVH, adonie, God. Ever
since, we have been the great purveyors of hope for liberation in the
world. We have been spiritual progressives, insisting that the world
could move forward toward a goal of greater love and compassion and
peace and social justice and generosity, even in the face of defeats
and tragic lapses and backsteps on the part of the human race.