The names of four children jutted out from my computer's screen like daggers on the list of the dead by name as I refreshed it. Memories of children laughing while flying kites on a beach in Gaza flooded my mind.
When the family of kidnapped and lynched Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir recently grieved together with the family of abducted and murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel, we were reminded that the loss of a child is both painful and universal.
As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.
There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.
Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.
For too long, AIPAC has derived much of its power by purporting to speak in the name of the American Jewish community. AIPAC is, of course, free to continue to push military build-up and endless settlement expansion. But it can no longer claim to do so in our name.
Apparently, leading a civilian diplomacy delegation to Iran and supporting the work of Jewish Voice for Peace is enough to make a person a pariah. The RJC is taking advantage of the Jewish divide on Israel to bring more people to Romney.
An organization that describes itself as "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency" is spending its resources decrying American organizations that are not blindly supportive of a foreign government it likes to align itself with.
Tisha B'Av fell on the same day as the first TIAA CREF annual meeting since Jewish Voice for Peace initiated a campaign to get TIAA CREF to divest its holdings from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.