Religion & Peace, Critique & Prayer in Israel & Palestine (Yakir Englander)


Some might find them hopelessly softhearted and even soft-headed, but these words by Yakir Englander on interfaith dialogue and peace in Israel and Palestine make two points. One point is important and critical, the other point is more interesting. I’m not sure if it’s critical or post-critical.

They are:

[1] People who work in interfaith peace circles need to abandon the apologetic according to which extremists distort the true essence of “religion,” especially of one’s own religion, which is pure and perfect.

[2] When direct words fail at moments of intense conflict, it might be that prayer, considered as a form of non-propositional expression, might be a more eloquent place holder to get one through the first immediacy of a traumatic moment at high pitch.

You can read the whole thing here.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics.
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