Rabbinical letter of support for Judge Goldstone

Dear Judge Goldstone

As rabbis from diverse traditions and locations, we

want to extend our warmest mazel tov to you as an elder in our community upon the bar

mitzvah of your grandson. Bar and Bat Mitzvah is a call to conscience,

a call to be responsible for the welfare of others, a call to fulfill

the covenant of peace and justice articulated in our tradition.

 As rabbis, we note the religious implications of the

report you authored. We are reminded of Shimon Ben Gamliel’s quote,

“The world stands on three things: justice, truth, and peace as it

says ‘Execute the judgment of truth, and justice and peace will be

established in your gates’ (Zekharya 8:16).”  We affirm the truth of

the report that bears your name.

We are deeply saddened by the controversy that has

grown up around the issuing of the report. We affirm your findings and

believe you set up an impeccable standard that provides strong evidence

that Israel is currently engaged in war crimes during the assault on Gaza that

reveal a pattern of continuous and systematic assault against

Palestinian people and land that has very little to do with Israel’s

claim of security. Your report made clear the intentional targeting of

civilian infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, agricultural

properties, water and sewage treatment centers and civilians

themselves with deadly weapons that are illegal when used in civilian


This is the ugly truth that is so hard for many Jewish

people to face. Anyone who spends a day in Palestinian territories

sees this truth immediately.

Judge Goldstone, we want to offer you our deepest

thanks for upholding the principles of justice, compassion and truth that are the heart of

Jewish religion and without which our claims to Jewishness are empty

of meaning. We regret that your findings have led to controversy and

caused you not to feel welcome at your own grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. We

believe your report is a clarion call to Israel and the Jewish people

to awaken from the slumber of denial and return to the path of peace.

    Rabbi Everett Gendler

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb 

Rabbi Brant Rosen  

Rabbi Brian Walt 

Rabbi Haim Beliak     

Rabbi Michael Lerner   

Rabbi Arthur Waskow    

Rabbi Michael Feinberg

Rabbi  Shai Gluskin

       Rabbi David Shneyer

Rabbi David Mivassair

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

Rabbi Douglas Krantz

Rabbi Margaret Holub

         Rabbi Rebecca Alpert

Rabbi Mordecai Liebling

Rabbi Phyllis Berman

Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer

   Rabbi Eyal Levinson    Rabbi Lorraine Chaskalson

Rabbi Doron Isaacs

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