We are all part of mashiach (messiah)
and part of God. God is One and includes all of us.
There are some messianic themes in each of our
lives. Allow me to share with you some messianic themes in my life.
At the moment I was born there were the eight
Chanukah lights burning in Eretz Israel, the land of Israel. I was born
in Los Angeles on the seventh day of Chanukah at 8:15 a.m. and in Eretz
Israel it was 10 hours ahead so it was 6:15 p.m. on the eighth night of
I have been active for the peaceful resolution
of conflicts for several decades, and was the first person to be arrested for
disrupting the United States Congress in protest of the Vietnam War when I
shouted "Stop the War!" in the U.S. Senate gallery in 1971. A few days earlier
I did as much as anyone to convince the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and
their leadership to take their protest to the U.S. Supreme Court and to ask that
court to rule on the constitutionality of the war, for the U.S. constitution
says that only the Congress shall declare war, and war was never declared by the
Congress. The protest of the Vietnam veterans at the Supreme Court was one of
the most effective protests and perhaps the most effective protest to end the
The so-called "Clinton plan" for Jerusalem, of
two open capitals for two peoples without a physical barrier between them, and
with each people governing and policing themselves where they dwell, was my idea
and I was the first to publish it and the first to lobby for it beginning in
1984. Now I believe that such a vision would be very dangerous and unwise for
Israel to ever try to implement until there's an end to the "honor" killings of
sisters, daughters and mothers by their male relatives which is presently
supported by many Arab Muslims. Peace begins at home, so first the "honor"
killings must stop. The expression of jihad in a violent manner will also need
to be rejected by Arab Muslims before a deep and lasting peace can be created
with them. It means that the "honor" killings, the jihad killings and the
incitement must cease. Regarding Jerusalem, many things are possible if a deep
and lasting peace that begins at home can be established. Let's share our
visions and understandings and be kind.
Twice I tried driving my truck to Iraq to
share Brit Shalom, Covenant of Peace, Methak Salaam with the Iraqi
government and people: the first time in 1991 just before the Operation Desert
Storm phase of the Gulf War broke out and the Israeli authorities stopped me at
the Allenby Bridge border crossing because they were concerned about my security
and I then began a hunger strike; and the second time in 1999 when I got as far
as the Jordanian-Iraqi border where I was turned back by Jordanian authorities
because they thought the Iraqis would hang me if I continued.
The first time I read the Book of Genesis I
was so touched by the account of Yosef (Joseph) revealing himself to his
brothers in Egypt, and almost every time Yosef would weep in those accounts I
too would weep. Years later I learned that my parsha, the Torah portion
I was born under, is Vayyiggash (Genesis 44:18 - 47:27) which recounts
that very story of Yosef revealing himself to his brothers and being reunited
with them. I never had a bar mitzvah when I was 13, and I would like to invite
the leaders of Israel and the leaders of Israel's friends and the leaders of
Israel's present enemies to my bar mitzvah on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. At
that bar mitzvah I would mostly be reading my haftorah section from the
prophets which is assigned to my Torah portion Vayyiggash. That
haftorah is from Ezekiel 37:15-28, and amazingly it makes mention of a
future David and a future Brit Shalom. I believe that the Brit Shalom
at peacecircle.org is the Brit Shalom that was promised in Ezekiel
chapter 37, verse 26, which is in my haftorah portion that I would read
at my bar mitzvah.
May all enemies or those not liking each other
initiate a broad and deep dialogue and try to heal together. I believe that
dialogue can be the beginning of understanding, which can be the beginning of
trust, which can be the beginning of peace.
Here are three essential steps towards peace:
let go of the blame, learn from the cause and effect relationships, and steer
towards more kindness.
Sometime after I decided on the spelling of my
last name in Hebrew, I discovered that its gematria, the numerical sum of
its letters being 363, is the same as that for hamashiach, the messiah.
I'm not claiming to be "the messiah", the claim here is not of being more
mashiach, it's of being just as much mashiach – it creates a whole
new paradigm and solution. Jamm stands for Just As Much Mashiach.
For many years I've felt I was just as much mashiach as anyone
else, and you might feel the same way about yourself, and that's okay. Let's
jamm! Let's make peace and heal and celebrate and make music together. We
all have our various work to do, and may our work keep changing, hopefully for
the better for everyone, please God.
We can make this world so much kinder and more
beautiful. We can start by smiling at and greeting one another. May we all
help each other, please God.
we're all God's creatures
we're all in and of God
I believe there's only God, that God is the sum of everything
that God is the endless all
God is as endless as anything, as anyone can possibly be
God includes all of us
let's treat each other good in God
let's be kinder to each other in God
instead of taking out our pain on others
let's help each other out of pain
we are many we are one
may dear God bless us all
I love you dear God
Bless God, and God bless you all dear brothers and sisters