Rabbi Lesack Speaks with Seniors
about the Arab-Israeli Conflict
This month Rabbi Lesack volunteered twice to come and speak to our Senior class on matters regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
With the myriad of speakers that have been invited to speak with the Seniors on important matters in the past few weeks, Rabbi Lesack’s presentation was particularly beneficial, presenting to students key elements on Israel’s history post-1967 with a focus on understanding key terms, players and places in the conflict. Issues discussed included security-related matters, maps, peace accords and items related to Northern Israel, the Gaza Strip and the different meanings behind the terms West Bank/Occupied Territories/Judea and Samaria. Part of the presentation focused on these items and how they affect the Israel conversation on the college campus.
Students invited Rabbi Lesack for a second round to discuss unanswered questions because of the lack of time to address all in a very short class period. The students prepared a list of questions and during his second visit they remained engaged and attentive throughout the whole session, for Rabbi Lesack presented the subject matters in ways specifically oriented towards their interests. On their long list there were questions like “Pros and cons to a two state solution; What are the strongest points to make when arguing for the Israeli side of the argument? Do you believe that peace is actually achievable?; How does the middle eastern conflict directly affect America?; Is it a violation of international law to continuously put settlements in an occupied territory? Theology vs. Democracy (can Israel be both)?”
Overall, the presentation was not only informative and constructive, but intriguing and thought-provoking, as well.
Yashar Koach, Rabbi Lesack, and todah rabah for your significant contribution to their constant learning which empowers them for the future.
- The 12th Grade and Morah Miriam.