Dear JTS Community,
I write to you as the Middle East peace talks begin once again, knowing that the hope for a peace with which all sides can live continues strong among us despite recognition of the many obstacles that stand in the way. It is a hope I reached for during a recent tour of Belfast, Ireland, where 15 years after the "Good Friday Accords Agreement" one is reminded of what a practical peace can look like and that, at its best, peace sometimes falls short of the ideal.
One cannot help but ponder the lessons of Belfast for the peacemakers resuming work in Jerusalem, and for those who want to support their efforts. In this week's "Belfast and Jerusalem: 'Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall,'" my newest blog post for On My Mind: Arnie Eisen, I offer a few reflections.
I encourage you to share your thoughts about "Belfast and Jerusalem" at http://blog.jtsa.edu/chancellor-eisen/.
Arnold M. Eisen
The Jewish Theological Seminary