Monday, December 10, 2007

Muslim Clerics Celebrate Chanukah in Kiryat Shemona, Israel

Our far-flung Hedgehog correspondent in Tzfat (Safed) and Kiryat Shemona, Linda Stern, directed my attention to this story from, about how Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles arranged for moderate Muslim clerics from Indonesia to visit Israel. They celebrated Chanukah with Rav Tzefaniya Drori, the Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of the Yeshiva Hesder of Kiryat Shemona. (In the photo, Rav Drori shows his visitors a vial of olive oil for lighting the Chanukah menorah.) They also visited Sederot, in the south of Israel, the everyday favorite missile target of Hamas.

Considering that some 16 months ago, in July and August 2006, a less-moderate Islamic group, Hezbollah, was raining rockets down on Kiryat Shemona and other northern Israeli cities and towns, and that another less-moderate Islamic group, Hamas, is still launching rockets almost daily at Sederot, a photo of the Muslim clerics dancing with Yeshiva students to celebrate Chanukah is encouraging. Anyone who would like to help out the yeshiva, can contact Linda by e-mail at

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the Western Muslim establishment is comprised of Islamist groups claiming to be moderates. True moderate Muslims reject Islamic supremacy and Sharia; embrace religious equality and democracy.

What is a moderate Muslim? According to a dictionary, a moderate is a person who is opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion. Yet, majority of the public seem to be struggling with the definition of a moderate Muslim. Perhaps we can make this task easier by defining a radical Muslim and then defining the moderate as an opposite of the radical.

Muslims Against Sharia compiled a list of issues that differentiate moderate Muslims from Islamic radicals. Hopefully you can help us grow this list. 2008/01/what-is-moderate-muslim.html

Poll: Who is a moderate Muslim? 2008/01/poll-who-is-moderate-muslim.html

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