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Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: What’s for lunch? Peace, hold the mayo

Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: What’s for lunch? Peace, hold the mayo

One million dollars is not enough to end violence and instate a warm peace across the globe. One million dollars is enough however to institute concepts of friendship, forgiveness, and reconciliation in our daily lives so that we may actively seek to implement universal peace and harmony. This sounds very abstract and even a bit(…)

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Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Peace through Paint

Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Peace through Paint

In my personal experience, peace through art is an expression of my Jewish upbringing. Although my family and I are not particularly devout to Judaism, it expresses itself in our dedication to social justice, personal improvement, and peacebuilding. At the synagogue I was brought up in, a lefty, Reconstructionist synagogue in Philadelphia, young boys and girls(…)

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Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Forgiveness

Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Forgiveness

Imam Adeel J. Zeb spoke recently in our class on the importance of legitimate authority figures and strong leadership for encouraging forgiveness between and among large political bodies. A single person, like a president, does not in actuality have the power to change the hearts or the mind of his or her constituents. He or(…)

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Bend in the Wind: On Noncombatants

Bend in the Wind: On Noncombatants

The fruit tree is the ultimate noncombatant and is protected as such in the Bible and the Quran. In Deuteronomy 20:19 the texts rhetorically asks, “Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?” What is it about the fruit tree that provides such a potent and fortified metaphor for proper discourse and actions in(…)

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Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Vacek’s philia and Tom Hanks

Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Vacek’s philia and Tom Hanks

Vacek’s argument to include a notion of philia, love that gives and receives, love that basks in its communal and shared nature, is the most compelling argument for the pursuit of friendship in peace-making. Although agapic love as a characteristically Christian love is potent and important in uplifting the physically and spiritually impoverished, it fails(…)

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