Sunday, July 14, 2013

Beyond hatred - July 14, 2013

In this time before Tish'ah B'Av, the anniversary of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, the teaching that "the Second Temple was destroyed due to Sinat Chinam/baseless hatred" reverberates through history until now. Polarization will not bring progress in the political process or engender positive relationships through which productive compromise can emerge from disagreement. Engaging in dialogue - and listening - is a choice. And it is a choice that will prevent us from drifting so far apart that we will never be able to come back together. We need not give up our values to be able to speak with one another. Let's do our best to converse with respect and without hatred.

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