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By Alick Isaacs

Challenging deeply held convictions approximately Judaism, Zionism, struggle, and peace, Alick Isaacs's wrestle adventure within the moment Lebanon warfare provoked him to look for the way of reconciling the belligerence of faith with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic legislation, Isaacs attracts at the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, between others, to suggest an formidable imaginative and prescient of religiously encouraged peace. Rejecting the idea of Jewish theology as keen on conflict and vengeance, this eloquent and relocating paintings issues to the ways that Judaism could be a route to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an instructional venture referred to as conversing Peace whose objective is to deliver participants of other perspectives jointly to percentage various understandings of peace.

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The opposition to the proposed diplomatic solutions expressed profound objections to the entire philosophy of peace that Oslo proposed. indd 14 A Prophetic Peace 7/5/11 11:35 AM not authorized to compromise. Arafat, I would suggest, understood this. This is at least part of the reason that—despite the powerful diplomatic pressure generated at Camp David—he bolted from signing an agreement with Barak. 25 This clash of religion and Middle East peace raises the question that is at the heart of my purpose in writing.

One must flee the temptation of thinking that all adversity is only a challenge to human ingenuity in order to solve a problem in his service. The conviction that the world is irreparably flawed is there to remind us that there will always be something urgent to pray for even after some of our present goals have been accomplished. ”6 We are not absolved of our duty to act. But at the same time, we are blocked from thinking that our actions might lead to completion and absolute resolution. There will always be more work to do.

Indd 22 A Prophetic Peace 7/5/11 11:35 AM Would this paper we have just heard, they could ask, contribute to the achievement of mutual understanding and respect on the part of the adversaries with whose disputes it deals? . 4 The scholars who signed their names to this document made theoretical room for peace (in place of an indiscriminate commitment to truth alone) in scholarly hermeneutics. Since this is a category that defines purpose, I would say that the voice emanating from this text is “programmatic” in its tone.

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