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Jewish Perspectives on the Iraq War

Friday, March 14th, 2008

On Wednesday, April 9, at 7pm, the Social Action Committees of Temple Society of Concord and Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas will present a panel discussion on the Iraq War titled “Multiple Perspectives on the Iraq War.” This will be the second program in a series looking at Jewish views on warfare in general and the Iraq War in particular.

For this event, the organizers have sought to assemble a panel that can offer both varied and balanced informed opinions on the war and engage members of the audience in discussion. The participants will include Capt. Michael Milliron, Rabbi Daniel Jezer, Professor John Burdick, and Lt.Col. Bruce Fein. Efforts are still underway to possibly include one additional Iraq War veteran.

The moderator for the panel program will be Jim BrulĂ©, Rabbinic Aide at TSOC, who, when asked to explain the program, said, “This will be an opportunity to take the laws we learned about in the first program (Rabbi David Levy’s thought-provoking March 12 presentation), and apply them to the current conflict in Iraq. We will seek out what is relevant to Halacha (religious law) from a sufficiently diverse set of informed sources so as to be able to have a measured application of Halacha to the conflict.”

BrulĂ© also anticipates “that the audience will be drawn into a dialogue with our guest panelists that will be explicitly Jewish in nature as we try to understand what ‘facts’ about the conflict there are that will shed light on its Halachic status.”