Praying for peace


The news from Israel is heartbreaking and frightening, and we pray for a quick end to the violence and a path to peace. Amazingly, at the same time that there is this horrible conflict with Hamas, there have been inspiring reports of Jews reaching out to connect personally with Palestinians within Israel, from hundreds of Israeli Jews visiting the family of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir to offer their condolences, to large Israeli demonstrations urging Jews not to take revenge against their Palestinian neighbors and reminding everyone that conflict between the two peoples is not inevitable. Amid the horror of war and the tragedy of lives shattered, may these glimmers of humanity give us courage to hope for a more peaceful future.