David-Seth Kirshner
Author of Streams of Shattered Consciousness

Sing from the Same Hymnal

One of the challenges with an overly saturated Jewish Communal Network is that messaging gets muddy.

Yes, we are ALL on the same page, but we do not have a single organizational quarterback sharing one message or one response to this moment.

Allow me to suggest three statements that EVERY Jewish organization should subscribe to, and every supporter should share:

• There is no equivocation or justification that can excuse the brutality and heinous murder of innocent civilians committed by Hamas.

• Israel has every right – indeed an obligation – to defend itself, its citizens and to ensure that this terror can never happen to its country again.

• Hamas is responsible for the death and suffering of innocent civilians in Gaza. The Jewish people do not celebrate the plight of Gazans subject to the chokehold and terror of Hamas. The civilized world must hold Hamas responsible for this sad reality.

Let us ALL share this with print, social and broadcast media and water cooler pundits.

About the Author
David-Seth Kirshner is the senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, a Conservative synagogue in Closter, New Jersey. He is the past President of the NY Board of Rabbis and the NJ Board of Rabbis and is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Hartman Institute and serves on the Executive Committee of the JFNA. Rabbi Kirshner was appointed to the New Jersey/Israel Commission by Governors Christie and Murphy. Rabbi Kirshner is a National Council member of AIPAC and an adjunct faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion, (AJR). He is the author of Streams of Shattered Consciousness, featured in The NY Times Book Review (Feb '24) and has over 11,000 copies in circulation in its first three months since publication. He has spoken on his book and topics connected to Judaism and Zionism across the world.
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