A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion, and Politics by Alick Isaacs

By Alick Isaacs

Challenging deeply held convictions approximately Judaism, Zionism, battle, and peace, Alick Isaacs's strive against event within the moment Lebanon battle provoked him to go looking for how of reconciling the belligerence of faith with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic legislation, Isaacs attracts at the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, between others, to suggest an bold imaginative and prescient of religiously encouraged peace. Rejecting the suggestion of Jewish theology as a fan of warfare and vengeance, this eloquent and relocating paintings issues to the ways that Judaism could be a route to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an academic undertaking known as conversing Peace whose objective is to deliver participants of other perspectives jointly to proportion various understandings of peace.

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4 The scholars who signed their names to this document made theoretical room for peace (in place of an indiscriminate commitment to truth alone) in scholarly hermeneutics. Since this is a category that defines purpose, I would say that the voice emanating from this text is “programmatic” in its tone. Add to this the proposal that meetings should be arranged to allow scholars to discuss how their work may be evaluated in terms of its contribution to the achievement of peace and what emerges is a project proposal that could quite comfortably bear categorization as an initiative in intellectual entrepreneurship.

Are there responsible reactions to political conflicts other than the attempts to use diplomatic, economic, and military means to resolve them? Can a responsible case be made for allaying the temptation to solve things? In Silence and Honey Cakes, Rowan Williams collects the wisdom and insight of the church fathers of the desert on the impulse to flee. He cites Abba Macarius: “Abba Isaiah asked Abba Macarius to give him a word. ”5 It is perhaps curious that Williams proposes weeping for sins and fleeing from society as a model for taking responsibility.

We helped each other, but often resentfully and with openly expressed bitterness. Insults of the most personal nature flew around the tent. Hardly a day went by without my being told that I was “a nothing,” “a bastard,” or the son of all manner of nature’s females—human and animal. indd 17 17 7/5/11 11:35 AM Though only a small fraction of Israelis actually serve in the kind of unit I served in and actually experience the training I went through, when I completed my military service I felt sure that I had found the key to the heart of Israeli culture.

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