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From Enemy To Friend
Jewish Wisdom And The Pursuit Of Peace
by Rabbi Amy Eildberg
Publisher:Orbis Books from Alban Books
‘A centrepiece of Jewish theology, prayer and practice.' That's how Rabbi Amy Eilberg describes the concept of peace.
The pursuit of peace, she says, is an ‘essential imperative of our tradition', and she admits that she is setting out in this book to persuade her readers to ‘serve as peace-builders'.
Mind you, she doesn't indulge in repeated exhortations to be a peacemaker. Rather, she gives detailed descriptions of a number of conflict-resolution programmes, the first of them in an illuminating chapter on the nature of conflict.
She then devotes a chapter each to some controversial issues: peace between religions (she currently directs an interfaith programme in Minneapolis), peace just within the Jewish community (I could see parallels in this section to attitudes that some Christians have towards other Christians) and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Naturally, Rabbi Amy frequently refers to Jewish traditions and often quotes Jewish scripture. This was not an obstacle to my enjoyment of the book, which I found enormously enlightening and stimulating.
Reviewer: Barry Vendy (14/10/14)