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Monday, May 15, 2006

Torah and Pslams

Conversing with God: Torah and Psalms.
It seems that while the Torah is a conversation initiated by God to man, the Psalms are a conversation initiated by us to God. To that end, I note that the Decalouge starts with "I am the Lord, your God" and ends with "your neighbor." While the book(s) of Psalms open with "The praises of man" and ends with "Hallelujah! Praise God in His holy place, praise Him in the firmament of His might." God to man and Man to God.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Darfur, Genocide & Judaism

What follows is a letter my 11 year old girl wrote after attending the Save Darfur Rally in Washington DC on April 30, 2006. Stand up or stay slient. Your choice.During the Holocaust, while the Jews were being lined up to be deported and being tortured simply because of their religion, the world was standing in the sidelines and watching. While millions of us were killed in gas chambers and sent out to camps the world didn't make an effort to stop the genocide. Now, the citizens of Darfur are having their houses burned down and being forced to live in houses made out of whatever scraps or garbage they can find. All the world has done is sit there and watch history repeat itself. So if it is possible for anyone to feel the pain that the citizens of Darfur are feeling, it would be us. The Jews. Darfur is the first example of genocide in the 21st century and with your help we can make it the last. This is not about skin color or religion, this is about genocide. Make a contribution. Visit http://www.savedarfur.org/. Don't keep quiet about genocide, reach out to the government. This time, an 'A' for effort is not enough. 'Instead of mourning a genocide, stop one.'Dear President Bush, During your first year in the White House, you wrote in the margins of a report on the Rwanda genocide, "Not on my watch." I urge you to live up to those words by using the power of your office to support a stronger multi-national force to protect the civilians of Darfur.~Emma~