From the Rabbi
In this week’s parashah, Vayetzei, Jacob “encounters a place” (vayifgah bamakom). The root of the word vayifgah, translated as “encounter,” is related to both the word for hitting or striking, and our commentators suggest that it is also a word for prayer. An encounter – perhaps any encounter – has the potential to be violent, or to be sacred.
It is with that knowledge that I want to encourage you to join the encounter prepared by the Israel Program Task Force tomorrow evening, about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. You’ll hear about the BDS resolution that passed on UO campus last spring, and why UO Hillel deeply opposed it. You’ll also hear from people who have wrestled with their relationship to the movement from many directions. Whether your opinions about Israel and Israeli policy are firmly set or are based more on questioning than opinion, this event will both answer and raise questions. I encourage you to embrace the encounter.