The Power of Words for Peace
On the occasion of Yom Yerushalayim, Sunday/Monday 10/11 May 2021.
We urge all Jews to commit to framing our dialogue within Jewish values and refusing to resort to hate speech that can lead to violence and abuse both physical and mental.
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Please show your commitment to using words to build and not destroy by changing your social media profile pictures to our peace flower on Sunday and Monday.
Jerusalem is in the hearts and minds of the Jewish people. For thousands of years, we have prayed towards Jerusalem and yearned for our return. On Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) we celebrate this deep spiritual connection and the joy of returning to live and pray in Jerusalem.
Situated between heaven and earth, we aspire to the vision of a heavenly Jerusalem but the earthly reality is often more complex. Too often, Jerusalem has become the fault line between hatred and love.
Our celebration of love for Jerusalem does not necessitate denying the faith and worship of others or even those in our own communities on Yom Yerushalayim. We are all created in the image of God. We aspire to the heavenly Jerusalem. We can live peacefully side by side if we choose to do so.
We commit to being aware of the power of words, as well as our actions. We pledge to listen to those with who we agree and those we don’t. We pledge to use our power of words to build and not to destroy.
כי מציון תצא תורה ודבר ה’ מירושלים
For out of Zion the Torah will come, and the word of HaShem from Jerusalem. (Micha 4:2)
Lead signatories and organisers;
Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Chief Executive Officer, Liberal Judaism
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, New London Synagogue (Masorti)
Rabbi Eryn London, Orthodox Rabbi in London
Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Trustee of Abraham Initiatives and Director of the Good Faith Partnership