ASK RABBIS TO SIGN ON NOW
A Rabbinic Call from the American Jewish Community
Seek Peace and Pursue It

Brit Tzedek's Rabbinic Cabinet is raising a singular call--Seek Peace and Pursue It--for the start of a determined diplomatic effort for the sake of peace. We need your help to get signers!

Rabbis and cantors can sign the call at rabbisseekpeace.btvshalom.org. (This includes the full text of the letter and FAQs.)

Use our sample message to send an email invite to rabbis and cantors you know to sign the call.  We encourage you to follow-up your email with a phone call.  You can read a list of signers to date here.

American rabbis are looking to the future as a fragile ceasefire is implemented between Israel and Lebanon.  For the sake of Israel's long-term peace and security, they are calling for the US government to work in coordination with the international community to get Israel and its neighbors back on track toward a comprehensive regional settlement.

We plan to publish the call in the Forward  and possibility other publications in September. Financial contributions to help offset the cost are greatly appreciated. To make a contribution by credit card or check, click here.

Send an email invite to rabbis and cantors to sign the call here.

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A Rabbinic Call to the American Jewish Community
SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT

Seek peace and pursue it-- as Psalm 34 so wisely states, peace is not merely the cessation of war, but something that must be actively pursued. As Israel seeks peace on all of its borders, this verse instructs those of us who love Israel and yearn for peace that a mere lull in fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli military is not the full answer. Neither is an even greater show of force in Lebanon. If we have learned nothing else since the second Israel-Lebanon War began, it is that retaliatory cycles of violence solve very little. Israel launched massive air strikes on Lebanon in self-defense, yet it emerges from this round of struggle with its deterrent power weakened, Hezbollah's reputation enhanced, and hundreds upon hundreds of innocent people killed and wounded on both sides of the border. A renewed and intensified use of military force would not be a magical solution, but would invite further destruction within Israel, lead to the deaths of even more innocents, and fan the flames of Islamic radicalism around the globe.

Seek peace and pursue it-- as rabbis, as Jews, as people who seek the welfare of Israel and the well-being of all people, we applaud the efforts of the U.N., the U.S. administration, and all of the members of the international community who worked for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. We pray that this is the first step in ongoing diplomatic efforts to remove Hezbollah's military threat to Israel, to strengthen the moderate forces of democratic process within Lebanon, and to achieve a lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors, including the Palestinian people. We urge the U.S. administration to re-engage with all of the important players in this conflict, including Iran and Syria, and to use its influence to promote political solutions rather than polarization and conflict.

Seek peace and pursue it-- as we enter the season of teshuvah, "turning," we hope that hearts that have been closed by hate can turn to compassion, and that minds set on violence and destruction can be turned to the reconstruction of societies damaged by war. The great faith that change is possible is the central message of our Yamim Noraim, our Days of Awe. May we have no less faith that a new way is possible in the Middle East, that the vigorous, nonviolent pursuit of peace is not a naïve dream, but our only real hope.

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