Reflections of Rabbi Soetendorp

Please find below some reflections and words of wisdom of Rabbi Soetendorp.

On 5 October 2017 the well-loved and respected Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, passed away, at the age of 62.
Rabbi Soetendorp added some memories of Eberhard van der Laan to an in memoriam published (in Dutch) by Max van Weezel in Vrij Nederland.

18by Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, prepared for the Fifth Bi-annual Meeting of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, Oxford (UK) March 2012

Interreligious friendship is my life.

In my parents' home, great leaders from Catholic, Protestant and Moslem spiritual traditions were part of one family...

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by Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp

Almost a generation ago, in 1992 the then emerging global civil society joined the political leadership at Rio de Janeiro in an unprecedented inclusive effort to mobilize the world community to safeguard the earth and one another.

The conference hall where the heads of...

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Martin Luther King: Never more Us and Them

We, members of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam, rallied around Martin Luther King at the Military Cemetery of Arlington. A court decision issued at the last minute prevented us from uttering prayers, or giving sermons.

Martin Luther...

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written on December 20, 2011 In the course of the year we have in our work been particularly drawn to the intertwining of the local and universal. As the Earth Charter notes in its preamble: "We are at once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked"...

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written on 2 July, 2010  I would like to share with you some extraordinary events in the life of the Institute. Throughout my life I have been convinced that the cooperation between the generations is the key to unlock the sources of boundless compassionate energy to establish the world...

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mandelaby Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp

Today humanity as a whole mourns Nelson Mandela. It is a rare moment to reach out to the people of South Africa. We truly feel to be one human family , one earth community with a common destiny. It is the mark of Mandelas greatness that he has made us all more whole...

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wangari_web2It is Martin Buber who describes in I and Thou the unique relationship to a tree. The tree in its encounter is not as an object but the embodiment of our deepest emotions and dreams. Wangari has planted these trees in Kenya and all over the continent of Africa.

They sustain life now and will...

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Written on December 17, 2009 the final day of the Copenhagen Summit - Twenty years ago in the summer of 1989 circumstances brought me to Sicily where a scientific conference was held about nuclear energy to be used for early warning systems in case of earth quakes. At the end of the conference...

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