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Perspectives of "The Other": Palestinian Literature: At the next Literature at Lunch, we will discuss excerpts from "Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life" (2016), the latest book of award winning novelist, and Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sayed Kashua. We will also read some selections by Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), considered the national Palestinian poet. Join Rabbi Geoff and Gail Lipsitz for an eye-opening session on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Copies of the readings will be available in advance from Rabbi Geoff.
Kol HaLev is pleased and honored to sponsor "An Evening with Nava Tehila" on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Brown Memorial Woodbrook Chapel. Nava Tehila is a musical group from Jerusalem that composes and performs modern, innovative Jewish music. Their works are sung by congregations all over the world, and their concerts and prayer experiences are enjoyed by all ages. You can learn more about the group and their music by going to www.navatehila.org. This is a rare opportunity to experience a Nava Tehila concert in a small, intimate setting! Admission will be free, but donations of $18 per person are suggested. Nava Tehila CDs will also be available for sale.
From Rabbi Geoff...
At the beginning of the seder we declare, "All who are hungry, come and eat; all who are needy come and celebrate Passover." This speaks to the paradox of commemorating and celebrating something of our particular narrative yet keeping an eye on the universal, the "all." It's not just about food, special and symbolic foods, or even "food for thought." It goes beyond mere hospitality, though that is a major component of our tradition. Rather, it deepens and elevates the notion of hospitality and commonality as core and fundamental aspects of the holiday, and of our humanity. It says, to me, "No one is free until all of us are free." The need is for togetherness.
With this recognition in mind -- that all of us are "needy" and Redemption is for everyone or no one -- we invite people to our table and into "our" story knowing that it isn't our story alone. In fact, the original Exodus involved a "mixed multitude" of people for whom the aspirations of freedom and justice became a unifying identity and purpose. It is a starting point, not one to be calcified into "us" and "them," reinforcing the same old patterns of power and fear and separation. Rather, it's more like, "We're in this together" ("Israelite" and "Pharaoh" and everyone in between).