Jerusalem in crisis

17.09.2012                      01.Tischrei. 5773                      Rosch Haschanah 1

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Jerusalem in crisis

Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi talks about the inclusion of women and minorities in the capital and how the threat of Iran serves to distract us from the social agenda.

The prophets of the Jewish tradition are known for being sensitive to the injustices they see around them. They boldly speak out and fearlessly call on every person to repent and change his or her ways. Prophets are rarely popular, but they are not looking for glory. Like contemporary prophet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who called for moral grandeur and spiritual audacity in the face of racial inequality in the US in the 1960s, Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, a senior fellow on the faculty of the multidenominational Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, believes the Jewish people is in crisis because of the way women and minorities are treated in the holy city. She calls upon the majority to stand up for what is right. At stake is the future of Israeli democracy, she says….