PEACE with Penny: Penny S. Tee interviews Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, one of the founders of Roots-Shorshim-Judur, a Peace Organization of Israeli Settlers & Palestinians. It is a grassroots Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence and Transformation. We heard about the incredible Peace work that Roots undertakes in the West Bank between Israeli settlers and Palestinians. Given the tragic circumstances of the Lag B’Omer disaster and the Palestinian missiles recently launched, terrorist shootings, stabbings and riots, we were in the mood to hear something positive, and Rabbi Hanan delivered.
PEACE with Penny would like to offer our condolences to the people of Israel and their guests who lost their lives or were injured on Lag B’Omer. And a special thank you to all of the emergency volunteers who helped and today are suffering from the memories of the tragic event.
We also hope that the three people who were shot in a drive-by shooting and the soldier who was stabbed during terrorist attacks Sunday in the West Bank will recover soon. Oy.
These attacks took place while the Israeli nation was suffering through their Day of Mourning for the 45 killed and 150 wounded in Friday’s horrific disaster.
As we’ve discussed, the West Bank is a harsh place to call home. Unfortunately, with the recent Palestinian missiles and terrorist acts being commonplace, and now the Lag B’Omer heartbreak, we honestly don’t know how Israelis handle the stress. Rabbi Hanan’s answer clarified how he feels about living in the West Bank. Would you draw the same conclusion?
Rabbi Hanan is very special to Penny S. Tee. He and Ali Abu Awwad were the first Peace activists that she met after her family’s fateful trip in July 2014. In her book, “BLASTED from Complacency: A Journey from Terror to Transformation in Israel,” she writes about her transformative adventure which made her want to work on Peace, and the first Israeli-Palestinian Peace organization she encountered which was Roots-Shorashim-Judur. Come listen to why Roots-Shorashim-Judur is one of her favorite Peace Organizations.
May You Live in Peace, שלום and سلام.
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