I just found out that an old school friend died in February this year. He was a progressive rabbi in New York, a Vietnam War draft refuser and I found he wrote this in his CV back in 2001:

“Torah has much to teach us in these matters, as does our ability to think and observe the world we are living in. An awareness of the unfairness of the social and economic system under which we live led me to the conviction that the system must be changed. This involves both political involvement and spreading the consciousness that we are all part of an interconnected cosmos and mistreating the whole is a recipe for disaster, materially and spiritually.

Torah in the broadest sense has much to teach us about how we treat ourselves and each other, both as individuals and as part of larger and smaller communities, as well as how we treat the earth, which supports us.

Over the years, I have been involved in raising public consciousness on many issues, but an ongoing concern has been supporting those in the Middle East and elsewhere who believed that the only hope for the future was for Israelis and Palestinians to share the land they both are attached to. For many years, this felt like a lonely struggle, but in recent years, there seems at least a possibility that these people can end up living together or next to each other instead of destroying each other.”

RIP Jeff Marker.

John Dalton

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