Rabbi Alissa Wise speaks for divestment

לֹא-תִשְׂנָא אֶת-אָחִיךָ, בִּלְבָבֶךָ; הוֹכֵחַ תּוֹכִיחַ אֶת-עֲמִיתֶךָ, וְלֹא-תִשָּׂא עָלָיו חֵטְא.

Lo tinaseh et achicha bil’vavecha

You shall not hate your fellow human being in your heart. Rebuke your fellow human being but incur no guilt because of this person.

Leviticus 19:17

I am Rabbi Alissa Wise, from Jewish Voice for Peace, leading a divestment campaign on the same companies. I oppose this overture.

Some of my rabbinic colleagues say divestment will betray the friendship of our two peoples. I disagree. I can think of no greater act of friendship than to remind one’s friends of their values when they have forgotten them. As Jews, we call this religious obligation tochecha, sacred rebuke. This is the sacred work PCUSA is doing.

As part of a growing wave of Jews who support divestment, I trust that one day be it in 1 year 5 years or 50 the Presbyterian church’s actions in these matters will be remembered with love and gratitude by Jews around the world. May I be among the first to stay: todah rabah. Thank you.

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