Special Series: Psychology of Separation - 2007
by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
Rabbi Firestone contemplates the shadow of her faith, and the walls of fear that have crept up in the Jewish psyche. “Walls keep us safe, but lonely; highly functioning, yet disconnected …The danger of our barriers is a kind of sclerosis of the soul, a deadening of our humanity.”
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 13 December 2007) 
by Rabbi Michael Schwartz
"The Torah is more concerned for the moral quality of those who live [in] Israel than for the quantity of land on which they live," explains Rabbi Michael Schwartz. Because "the Promised Land is uniquely burdened with moral conditions for those who inherit it," Jerusalem's walls must better demarcate "who we are and what we stand for."
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 20 December 2007) 
by Ghiath Nasser
In this 3rd article on the Psychology of Separation, Ghiath Nasser criticises Israel's Security Barrier as a means of securing peace. "The only way to build trust and bring about co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians… [is through] concern for your fellow man" says Nasser, who hopes that "political developments will put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and that this barrier, like the Berlin Wall, will ultimately fall."
(Source: The Common Ground News Service, 17 January 2008) 
by Dr. Eran Lerman
In this 4th article on the Psychology of Separation, Eran Lerman argues the merits of Israel's Security Barrier. "A barrier is indeed a painful eyesore and moral outrage," acknowledges Lerman, but "open borders work best in regions where politics, ideology, social mores and economic prosperity more or less cohere. Where they do not…one is likely to see high fences."
(Source: The Common Ground News Service, 17 January 2008) 
by Lila Sophia Tresemer
In this 5th article on the Psychology of Separation, playwright Lila Tresemer recounts a performance that challenged Jewish and Palestinian women to confront and heal their divisions: “The premise of this group was not to focus on divisive identity politics, but on what we have in common: our humanity, our caring for life, our empathy.”
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 31 January 2008 
by Mohammed Abu-Nimer
In this final article in a series on the Psychology of Separation, the author explains “The short and long-term remedy to separation imposed by the wall is to mitigate its impacts by meeting face-to-face and constructing more spaces to encounter the other.”
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 4 December 2008) 
 
 
 
 
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