Tag: Peace


Is Violence Ever Okay?

Generally speaking, I abhor violence. I’d like to think that if I was an adult back in 1967, I would have joined the Flower Power movement and stuck flowers in the rifles of national guardsmen at the National Mall as a protest of war. For as long as I can remember, I have trusted the wisdom which teaches that one should not meet violence with violence. We should “turn the other cheek.” Nevertheless, a few weeks ago I found myself so taken with a story shared with me where unnecessary violence seemed......

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Jimmy Carter's Next Chapter

Currently, the front-runners to win the presidency in 2016 include a Republican who has essentially bragged, “I buy politicians and they do what the hell I tell them to,” and a Democrat facing criticism about emails and allegations of using her position to lure donations to a global philanthropy affiliated with her family’s foundation. In light of that, Jimmy Carter’s recent press conference informing the world he’s battling cancer was a reminder that, at least once in recent American history, someone held power without corruption. But the 39th president’s announcement was much......

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Reading President Obama and the Iran Deal, From the Bottom Up

Whether you support President Obama and the deal with Iran, oppose it, are genuinely uncertain about where you stand, or even if you are just plain tired of the ongoing debate about it, I have an article for you. Former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, and long-time communal leader Alan Solow, a friend, counselor and board member of Clal, publisher of The Wisdom Daily, wrote an opinion piece for JTA, which is worth the few short minutes it will take you to read. It will actually make......

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Is Negotiating Without a Deal Productive?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In life, we all know the ends shouldn’t justify the means. But let’s not invert that, either. In Vienna, as we pass another deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. officials are praising their productive negotiations – with little to show for it: “The reason to successfully come to some arrangement between the various countries is not to validate the process and justify the expenditure of time; it’s to create peaceful relations between potentially warring nations.”? Watch my video for more insight and......

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Peace, Hands and Robots: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 8 – 12), we discussed Sheryl Sandberg’s reflections on grieving after sudden loss, technology and robotics continuing to eliminate jobs, hands and the meaningful memories they evoke, an antigay organization’s donation to a progressive philanthropy,?the moneymaking element of peacemaking and the influential preacher upset by a pro-adoption TV ad. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Wisdom on Kids, Music and Loss: Must-Read Links – TWD Whether or not you’ve grieved the loss of someone dear, Lean......

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Can Peace Be Bought and Sold?

Just about everything wrong with American/Western diplomacy in the Middle East in general, and with Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy in particular, is embodied by the study in this New York Times report, “Profit as an Incentive for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.” The Rand Corporation (a nonprofit that researches public policy, with clients including the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) actually spent two years and $2 million compiling a 228-page study on the “opportunity costs” that would come with an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Their conclusion: If an independent Palestine was to emerge tomorrow,......

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Norway's Beautiful Ring of Peace

What does it mean to build a holy place around us? In Oslo, Norway, the true power of building a holy place together was on display this weekend as hundreds of Muslims responded to a call to surround the central synagogue with what organizers dubbed a “Peace Ring.” The Peace Ring was a symbolic act, to show that these Muslims and the many volunteers who participated with them are committed to protect their sisters and brothers who are Jews, and to do so in the name of Islam, the faith that inspires......

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Where Is Dr. King's Dream?

Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr., last century’s premier exemplar of morality in public life. There will be ceremonies, speeches, television specials, editorials – and there will be very serious protests and demonstrations: Millions of Americans are outraged by the shooting deaths of young Blacks, by racial economic inequality, by a return to segregation in our education system, by the disproportionate incarceration of Blacks… And millions of White Americans not only have no understanding of what Blacks are experiencing, but themselves feel alienation, dislocation and rage. We live in a strange......

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The 'Love Your People' Facade

Recently, a billboard in Harrison, Ark., has generated quite a bit of controversy. Funded by Thomas Robb, director of the Knights Club of the KKK, the billboard for WhitePrideRadio.com reads, “It’s NOT Racist to Love Your People.” Explaining why he believes his billboard isn’t racist, Robb told a local news station, “The message is that White people have the right to be proud of who they are. Everybody else has the right to be proud, and I don’t deny that.” Robb’s belief that there is an ongoing policy of genocide against white......

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A Girl Named Swastika

This week, I was asked a number of questions regarding the use of the swastika. And while it might surprise some of you, it’s not as simple as telling the questioner that they’re crazy to even ask. In fact, a 17-year-old girl from India named Swastika recently told me she was worried about studying abroad in the future, given her name. Don’t forget that the swastika was not always a Nazi symbol. It appeared in Hindu culture (as a symbol of God, from an even older use as a symbol of the......

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