In light of the recent events in Jerusalem and Gaza …

From Rabbi Moskowitz:
In light of the recent events in Jerusalem and Gaza, I share with you prayers, articles and some commentary written by my colleagues in Denver and around the world, all reflecting different points of view for your consideration and information.  I am not including any of my own commentary since the situation is so complicated and upsetting on so many levels, representing the joys and oys of the realities facing our Israel and all her inhabitants, those living within and around, woven through the history and land…most of the following statements reflect some of my heart beats but not all…there is great arrhythmia in the world, may we all find the rhythm of the Oneness of humanity, God and our Universe.
: First a prayer written by one of my Denver colleagues Rabbi Steve Booth Nadav:
May we grieve the violence and the decades of living under occupation that has brought so many people to such desperation.
May we have empathy for soldiers and others facing thousands of Palestinians trying to cross the border, not in peace.
May we send compassion to the fearful hearts of those on both sides.
May we hold and breathe life into the visions of Israelis and Palestinians of two states living in peaceful coexistence as neighbors.
Amen
The following comments have been written by several people, the last on the list is an article I found helpful.
The path towards peace requires much more courage than the path of war. It requires recognizing shared humanity, fears and unmet needs. Feeling grief, frustration and heartbreak this morning about what’s happening in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.  (by Carin Aviv, PhD and working for Judaism Your Way)
All day I have been watching the split screens between the incredible event of Israel’s capital being accepted and re-affirmed by the United States, our closest alley and simultaneously, the hate, fear, wounded and dead at the Gaza border. Violent protests in which too many civilians are involved against their will resulting in too many grieving families and wounds that go way beyond the physical.
As a proud Jewish Israeli women, while I recognize the historic significance of today I am also in great pain.
My friends, once again our world has proven to be very complex. I read many posts about joy, pain, blame, anger, worry, fear and hope. Thank you for voicing all of these, within many of us, all these reside all at once and we are stronger for our capacity to feel, certainly not weeker.
Let us all hope for peace in Yerushalayim and all the land soon. (by Osnat Fox, the Israeli Emissary to Colorado)

As a proud Zionist and lover of Israel who nonetheless cannot help but to view this embassy move as an ill-timed and obscene capitulation to the basest tribalism found in both the fundamentalist Christian world and the far-Right Israeli realpolitik, I grieve for hopes for peace, dialogue and understanding and the cynical loss of life that Hamas forced upon their people.  (by Rabbi Joe Black, Temple Emanuel Denver
The Moral Challenge of Gaza article by Donniel Hartman in The Times of Israel publication  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-moral-challenge-of-gaza/