Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Israel's questions at 60

One of the words I've heard repeated this week has been "answers": "The IDF and the State of Israel is our answer to the Shoah"(from Israel's Chief of Staff on his visit to Auschwitz); "religion is an answer to man's questions" (from a historian discussing religious war); "the society we build is an answer..." (from a speaker at the memorial ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers and civilians).

I wish that instead of focusing on the answers, we spent more time on questions. This generation's answers might not satisfy the next generation, but the questions are likely to be similar. We understand ourselves so much better when we give time to thinking about our questions. Surely this is the key to understanding each other, and finding the unity that so many say is lacking.

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