Too many voices of reason have long been frustrated or silenced by oppression

Dear Citizens and Friends of Egypt,

We the undersigned are Jews living in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere around the world. We are rabbis and laypeople, religious and secular. We do not have ties to any government. We simply come together to speak as private citizens and as Jews to voice solidarity with the many Arab citizens involved in the recent uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.

Too many voices of reason and moderation have long been frustrated or silenced by oppression, tyranny, and corruption. These proud voices have our empathy and our respect.

We harbour deep hopes for the Egyptian people and the many citizens rising against ruthless regimes around the world. Jews have struggled against oppression for millennia. It is true that we want Egypt and Israel to continue or even strengthen their peace and cooperation. But we also feel unity by witnessing the extraordinary events of recent days. When a people cries out for freedom and democracy, we see a reflection of our own heritage.

We cannot tell the Egyptian people or world leaders how to deal with the old regime or how to bring about change. But in the meantime, we pray. We pray for the healing of any man, woman, or child injured in the recent struggles in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere. We pray for the souls of the lives lost and for the comfort of their mourners. And we pray that peace comes not only to Egypt and to Israel, but also to all of their neighbours.

May the children of Abraham, of Sarah and of Hagar, of Ishmael and of Isaac, be blessed with prosperity, light, joy, and friendship.

Respectfully Yours,

Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Shirat HaNefesh Congregation
Rabbi Benjie Gruber, Kibbutz Yahel
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Director of The Shalom Center
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedeck: Orthodox Social Justice
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, Associate Professor of Religion and Women’s Studies, Temple Univeristy
Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs, Founder of the Progressive Faith Foundation
Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak
Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Congregation Kol Ami
Rabbi Richard N. Levy, Director of Spiritual Growth at the Hebrew Union College Los Angeles Campus
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., Rector, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, American Jewish University

Thanks to Michael Feldman

February 9, 2011

You may check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6eW_V3ph94 for an Israeli music video in support of the January 25 revolution.

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