Thursday, August 03, 2006

Jewish leaders' calm plea for peace

Kim Christian


NORTH Shore Jewish leaders rallied for peace in the Middle East at a prayer meeting on Sunday at North Shore Synagogue.

North Shore rabbis spoke of wanting a peaceful resolution to the war in Lebanon and Israel in which more than 500 have died.

Rabbi David Freedman of Masada Synagogue said: ``Judaism places an infinite value on all life. We do not discriminate between Jew or non-Jew, man or woman, young or old, black or white.''

Rabbi Paul Lewin of North Shore Synagogue and Rabbi Nochum Schapiro from the Chabad House Of The North Shore joined Rabbi Freedman to lead the congregation, which included Ku-ring-gai MP Barry O'Farrell.

Rabbi Paul Lewin said the attack on Parramatta Synagogue was particularly concerning.

``These things are spilling over,'' Rabbi Lewin said.

``The feeling in the community is not rage or anger, it's more a calm plea for peace.''

``My reaction is shock and sadness that people feel that way to respond to what's going on and to desecrate innocents.''

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