With the same intensity that terrorists shoot missiles at us and slander us as racists from within their skin deep veil of love, it is in our best interest to learn to out-spiritualize our neighbors. All over Gaza, there are thousands of community gardens springing to life, providing food life lines to the citizens there. We should not only become part of these efforts, we should incorporate an element just as important if not more important. Along with helping people feed their bodies, we can help them root feed their souls. What about creating new ‘peace corps’ mission for the IDF with a Judaic spin?
After over ten years of research and analysis, Allegria Verlag (Berlin), published my spiritual gardening manifesto, “Sät die Blumen des Friedens”, in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Christian rhetoric was illuminated in kabbalah. Teaching children to root out their inner weeds is a powerful symbolic, that has never been tried before. Some may call me a dreamer, but I am not the only one:
I have a dream that one day Jewish children and the Palestinian children would weed out hate together and plant their hopes together in sunflower fields of dreams. They would take solidarity in their deeply rooted spiritual illumination and not in the skin-deep hateful inclinations of their mothers and fathers.
It the EU wants peace in the Middle East, they can help us best by improving and transforming the urban park infrastructure throughout the region. They can provide us with the know how and the money for building European style communal and allotment gardens integrated within urban parks for nurturing their spirits as well as their minds and bodies. They can support and expand upon the kindergartens like Waldorf Schools throughout the region. This is the best time to break the cycle of hatred.
According to kabbalah, we are born in a state called klipat noga: half bad, half good. Our spiritual root connection is limited by our inner weeds, which can germinate given the right conditions. Whether it is hatred or reactive hatred it does not matter. Inner hatred detaches.
Gardening is a universal ritual, rooted in all religions and philosophies. It can help otherwise competing interests find commonality. Taking this action to the geo-political or better said, geo-spiritual level is the first step to relieve the international tension. When we begin to root out our inner weeds, we stop being perceived as enervating weeds to others and begin to be recognized as the spiritual inter-connective Jewish roots, we were created to become.
The Tree of Israel belongs to all of us, but we Jews are spiritually charged with the Mission of protecting her roots. Any attack against the roots of some of us would become an attack against all of us. Our best defense is a systemic one: Strengthening and unclogging our roots by teaching the world how to weed out hate and sow the seeds of peace. The righteous will cling to us, as if their very souls depended on it.
The more our enemies try to terrorize us with their asymmetrical strategies, this should serve to galvanize our intention for utilizing our own spiritual guerilla gardening techniques. Any attack against the Tree would now be perceived as an attack against all of us. The righteous amongst the Nations of the World would support our actions for protecting the Tree at all costs. Any attack on the Tree would be met with swift and decisive retribution. The World will understand and perhaps even support defensive actions, once we begin to illuminate our genuine spiritual colors.