[...] Last Tuesday, Rabbi Brant Rosen of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston Illinois and Rabbi Brian Walt of Rabbis For Human Rights-North America coordinated an organized Jewish communal response to the continued blockade of Gaza and the cruel punishment of its people. This initiative, "Ta'anit Tzedek - The Jewish Fast For Gaza", follows the Jewish tradition of holding a communal fast in times of crisis, both as an expression of mourning and a call to repentence. [...]I think that in those little pea brains the phrase "Ta'anit Tzedek" means "Fast for Social Justice" or something like that instead of "Righteous Fast," the puerile, self-aggrandizing phrase this sounds like to anyone with a Hebrew vocabulary including any words besides "Tikkun" and "Olam."
The Rabbis who led this project realized that they could no longer stand by while the Israeli government continues to punish the Palestinian people of Gaza. While condemning Hamas' deliberate targeting of Israeli citizens, the leaders of Ta'anit Tzedek also condemn the use of much greater violence by the Israeli government. [...]
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