Thank you for publishing “Rabbis Remark: Let’s continue the conversation … (CJN, Oct. 5).
Some have approached me, having incorrectly gathered the idea that I was preaching against liberal Zionism on Rosh Hashanah. To the contrary, my remarks at Rosh Hashanah were intended to share and clarify a vision of how we might actually hold both liberalism and a reinvigorated Zionism up as key values in our Jewish lives here in Cleveland.
In encouraging pilgrimage to Israel, supporting vital Israeli agencies such as NATAL: Israel’s Trauma Center for Victims of Terrorism and War or in Israel projects of our Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and in forming relationships with Israel based not only on security and politics, but also on connections with Israeli culture, art, food and music, the things that Israelis love most, we will promote Zionism at Fairmount Temple.
We will also strongly encourage our children to see Israel with their own eyes. But we will also continue to search for avenues to promote peace and dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians, and one day, we pray, Israel will live securely next to a people they once controlled but with whom they become permanently committed to peace and co-existence.
In addition to the CJN website, you may find and comment on the full text of my Rosh Hashanah Remarks on “If Not Now, When?” the blog on the website of Fairmount Temple at http://fairmounttemple.org.
Robert A. Nosanchuk
Senior Rabbi, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple