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Western Rabbis Draw Congregants' Wrath By Discussing Israel, Gaza

In this Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 photo, a Palestinian woman carries two children as she walks in a U.N. school where she live
In this Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 photo, a Palestinian woman carries two children as she walks in a U.N. school where she lives with her family after her house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Gaza City. Israeli airstrikes have left much of the territory in ruins, and thousands of homes have been destroyed or severely damaged. Reconstruction has yet to begin as a blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel on Gaza still holds, severely restricting the import of cement and other building materials. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

With the war in Gaza still raging, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum offered an unusual prayer for peace last month during a Friday night service at the large predominantly gay synagogue she leads in New York. Cautioning her flock not to “harden our hearts” against any who had suffered, she wove throughout the prayer the names of young Israeli soldiers — as well as Palestinian children — who were killed in Gaza.

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