Yakir Englander discusses with the ELI audience about how his Chassidic roots have provided him with a lens with which to view the exercise of holiness--pushing the boundaries of what seems to be possible--even... when we don't know that the outcome is a good one.See lessSee more
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A young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman once contacted me with a serious question: "Should I leave the ultra-Orthodox community?" My reply to her was, "Since you have asked, 'Should I?' - then the answer is, 'No!'" Leaving the ultra-Orthodox Jewish fold is called in Hebrew yetzia bishe'elah - literally, "leaving with a question."
Without recognizing how deep-seated the trauma of ordinary Israelis really is, the Israeli peace camp will continue to be seen as elitist and disconnected. By Yakir Englander (translated by Dr. Henry R. Carse) My political opinions are aligned with Israel's Left, but I was not born that way.
My narrative below could be written almost exactly the same from the other point of view, from the Palestinian point of view, substituting my examples for ones relevant to Palestinians. Though I speak here about building trust from an Israeli point of view, we must remember that it is a two-way street.