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by Rabbi Shai Gluskin

Shai Gluskin at Israel Independence Day Rally,
Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, CA, May, 1981

Today is the 47th day of the omer (May 23-24, 2001) which is hod in malkhut:

"Viva Israel, Viva El Salvador"

Being a leftist and a Zionist on campus was a little unusual. There were about ten of us. Representing the "Socialist Zionist Alliance" I got my three minutes under the sun to speak at the Israel Independence Day rally.

Just before my turn to speak I went over to the "Liberate El Salvador" table and picked up a Salvadorian flag. I got up there waving Israeli and El Salvadorian flags and attempted to equate the two struggles.

Sometimes the imaginative echoing of hod finds a voice in this world (malkhut) to speak of connections and possibilities that break convention, thereby bringing us closer to wholeness.

Most people probably thought I was psychotic. I felt very good.

Shai Gluskin
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