Originally appeared in 972mag.com
About a month ago I attended a lecture by one of my undergraduate professors from the Jewish studies department at the University of Toronto about the current situation in Israel. In his lectures, he always mentions early on that he holds views that are politically moderate.
To our Partners, Families and Friends,
In two weeks we are making the move to Israel. Both of us have been members of Hashomer Hatzair (Shomrim) for most of our lives, and our move to Israel is as Shomrim; as educators and activists.
We are moving there without knowing how long we will be there. We are moving there because it is one of the places that we, as Jewish people and as Shomrim, are connected to and responsible towards. We are moving there because this mission is central to who we are.
We have had more than our fair share of messianic figures over the past 18 days at Occupy Toronto. St. James Park has become a spiritual occupation zone for some who give sermons at the gazebo, meditations, and impromptu livestream speeches. We have also seen collective leadership emerge through dialogue and participatory democracy. We’ve seen organizing in new ways. We are taking part in the beginnings of a new way of building a movement. We haven’t seen this before.
A holistic view of the world demands that we be agile in our organizing toward societal transformation. Holism demands that we understand the problems of our world as interconnected. This interweaving of spheres informs our vision for something better as well. The strategy that we use to get from where we are to where we want to be must also be shaped by our holistic position, and further emphasis on our movement’s strategy is a necessity.