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Not In Our Name
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Knife in hand,
you murder innocents at a Pride Parade
because you despise their love.
Cloth soaked in gasoline, stuffed into bottles,
you murder babies because they are Palestinian,
living in Palestinian territories.
You hate the loving and the living
that you can’t terrorize into conformity.
If your religion hates loving,
If your Torah hates being,
If your tradition hates difference,
then I tell you now:
your religion isn’t godly,
your Torah isn’t holy,
your tradition is idolatry.
Our God tells the rest of us that all people “are made in God’s image,”
that “love is stronger than death,”
that we are commanded
“to love our neighbors,”
which means “one law for yourself and the stranger.”
Above all, we must
“seek peace and pursue peace.”
Somehow, you missed the point of it all.
There are only three responses to you shriveled zealots:
you do not act in our name, nor God’s,
you do not speak for our faith,
you will be stopped.
Turns out that God has also taught us
that we must pull the murderers from God’s very altar.
And we shall.
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