In June of this year, I had the opportunity to interview, with AJPA Director Aliza Becker, one of the leaders of this movement: renowned journalist, activist, and human rights advocate Anat Saragusti. We met with Saragusti at the central public library in Tel Aviv. She spoke about the dreams, challenges, ideology, and strategy of this singularly powerful activist movement. As the group embarks on their latest venture, and as we stand in the wake of our Jewish season of reflection and commitment to change, we thought that there is no better time than now to share these reflections from one of WWP’s leaders.
The spirit of forgiveness is also with us in this time; one of the primary activities of the month of Elul is forgiving each other. It is taught in the Mishnah (Yoma 8:9) that atoning on Yom Kippur for wrongs that you did to other people does not elicit any forgiveness from God; only people have the power to forgive each other for these wrongs. The AJPA facilitates the process of forgiveness between generations of activists across the span of 50 years. This understanding is the first step of forgiveness and moving forward together. Through hearing the stories of different generations, we can understand how each has done their best within the context of the time.