Wrestling and Listening

By Amy Eilberg

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Eilberg uses the text of the Sh'ma Yisrael prayer as an illustration of recent events. Israel is one name for the biblical patriarch Jacob who wrestled with the angel, and of late, our verbal wrestling with one another about the state of Israel has degenerated from sacred seeking after truth into hostile argument, and this harms both Israel and our own communities. Sh'ma means listen, and Eilberg asserts that it is long past time to restore listening to its rightful place in Jewish life and community.

Topic: Jewish Text, Discourse and Dialogue, Israel Advocacy, Zionism, Hasbara

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Eilberg, Amy. Wrestling and Listening. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 5. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7906


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