Thanksgiving is itself an act of Tikkun Olam. It celebrates the bridging of fierce differences, the coming together of seeming opposites, the idea that helping people takes precedence over barriers of creed.
Welcome to Jerusalem's newest settlement. Or, as it is formally known, the Center For Human Dignity -- Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. Does it truly matter if the project goes forward on the present site? It does.
American Jews are not showing significant numbers in the divestment movement against Israel. But they are divesting emotionally. They are quietly -- but in terms of impact, dramatically -- withdrawing altogether.
Settlement has long been, and remains, the fuel for the fire of de-legitimization of Israel, the basis of charges of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It undermines the foundation of the idea of a Jewish state.
I am sure that the Tsahal I know, careful with human lives and imbued with the purity of arms, whose conduct in times of war I have often admired, had other means of action available than to set off this blood bath.
With the third intifada knocking at the door, the old American pattern -- an ever-renewable forgetfulness about the conduct of Israel and de facto postponement of the question of Palestine -- is less tenable than ever.