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  • Talmud 7:16 as Quoted by Rishon Rishon in 2004
    Qohelet Raba, 7:16

    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

    Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman

    All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate.

    More colloquially translated: "Those who are kind to the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the kind."

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October 31, 2010



Good to see the honest anger of Narda.

There was a Hungarian poet, Endre Ady who was similarly ashamed of the immorality of his leaders.

He was asking for punishment from God onto his own nation.

Can people avoid such derailment?

James S. Oppenheim

Hi, Tammy,

I have mixed feelings about the pacifist community in that I encounter much of it, not all, in the cult-like rhetoric of anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic, and plainly anti-Israel circles. While it is good to pursue peace through peaceful means, much including expression of new ideas and the creation of innovative language, doing so in a deeply compromising manner, in a disingenuous one, or unrealistically serves more fundamentally to undermine peace and sustain conflicts on premises both baseless, incautious, and imprudent.

As a spiritual personality with whom I've had the pleasure of first corresponding and lately speaking face-to-face via Skype, Narda reaches for and encourages the development of vision sufficient in breadth to see in violence also its place in the larger schemes of existence.

I am not so large, of course, so even while humankind may develop its larger consciousness and more finely created conscience, one may yet wish to marginalize the influence of violent entrepreneurs and associated movements while supporting a more truly comprehensive, temporal, and thoughtful politics.

tammy swofford

A lovely post, Jim.

The author sounds like a thoughtful person and I am sorry she lost her son. We have a relative who lost an adult son and states there were times when she felt like she could not breathe. It is good to see how a journey through grief can find comfort in poetry, music, or artistry of any type. These are the foods of the soul in time of sorrow.

Last night I spoke with a man involved in non-violent solutions to what ails the human frame. It is good to know these people are all around us, somewhat invisible, yet working their own little bit of magic. We need them.


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