By Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw
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I thought to myself: Surely Grossman knows that a soldier’s smile is the nightmare of the Palestinian forced to stop at a checkpoint. ” I wanted to explain to Leila that the smile is a genuine expression of tenderness, but I can hear her response: “I know that, and I know that he is caught in a war that isn’t his, but I am too tired to understand. ” Reading Grossman’s eulogy, I grew furious at the Zionist left. ”? ” Why did they not lie before the tanks as they set off? ” Why did they not at least grab at their uniforms, begging: “This is not your war, son.
Thus, I, a Sancho Panza of Judaism, embarked on a journey to mend the star of redemption, to make my tikkun olam (rectification of the world). The following is my attempt to draw a new star of redemption, removing God from the place at the top. This is the star of geula (redemption in Hebrew), without the aleph. THE SECRET OF EDWARD SAID’S MULTIPLICITY I have always hoped I would be able to rebuild the star of redemption without God in its top vertex. , the star of redemption without God. However, the more I went on removing the aleph from the triangle, the more I realized things were not so simple, because aleph is not just the aleph of God but also the aleph of the human, being the first letter of the Hebrew word adam.
Indeed, such 1. A well-known Israeli song. indd 20 7/6/11 8:00 PM Why We Support Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions 21 resistance may not always be necessary, may not always serve the goals of the struggle, and its shortcomings may outweigh its advantages, but it is still justified in principle. In comparison, nonviolent resistance in such instances is always justified and also always necessary. Regrettably, such resistance is not always possible. Therefore, we must try to create the preconditions for nonviolent resistance to emerge in order to render violent resistance unnecessary.