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Compassion: Be Good to Others; Don’t Just Think, Act!

By Carolyn Reuben

Great Spirit, save me from judging a man until I’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.  ~ Apache quote

To understand a man, you’ve got to walk a mile in his shoes, whether they fit or not.  ~ Moslem proverb

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”   ~ Atticus Finch to his daughter Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Whether in Arizona, Arabia, or Alabama, human beings regard compassion as a noble value. In fact, millions of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and other devout religionists embrace compassion as a fundamental belief. And yet, examples of ruthless indifference fill our newspapers each day. Is there anything we can do as individuals to help transform our world and, indeed, ourselves, by living more compassionately?

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Finding a Way Out of the Box

by Larry Snider, The Jerusalem Post, February 9, 2016

“I searched back in 2000 for the perfect way into this war of attrition so that I could hear and even begin to understand the truths of two ancient peoples, with the hope of garnering information that would be important to share to educate others. I found Leah Green and her MidEast Citizen Diplomacy Delegation which was in the process of formally becoming the Compassionate Listening Project. I believed then and believe now in the power of dialogue to help each of us walk in the garden of our enemies and come out with new knowledge and the formulation of a process that enables me to return seeking more.”

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Greenfield rabbi helps Israelis, Palestinians to hear one another

“One of impacts is that my heart gets bigger,” she says, “Our really profound intention to be of service, to listen and understand, to bring a salve of understanding and connection … it feels good and leaves me on a certain kind of high.”

Greenfield’s new rabbi quotes Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad, who she talked with recently, as saying, “The way to a Palestinian state goes through the heart of the Jewish people. If they see me, if they know me, if they trust me, then they want for me what I want for me”

Greenfield Reporter, November 30, 2015

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Jacobsen Heads to Rwanda to Train Community Leaders

Arcadia University Bulletin.

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The Power of the Heart: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine

by Bonnie Sherr Klein, May-June 2011 issue of Outlook: Canada’s Progressive Jewish Magazine.

Several years ago I “came out” in this magazine about my unhappiness about the behaviour of Israel towards the Palestinians. (more…)

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Compassionate Listening in Rwanda

by Bill Jacobsen, June 2, 2011

This past May I had the privilege of helping to lead a delegation to Rwanda for Arcadia University. Included in the trip was an opportunity for me to offer an introduction to Compassionate Listening to a group of 18 Rwandans that included two district politicians, two headmasters, a medical doctor, a nurse and several church leaders. (more…)

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Compassionate Listening As a Path to Conflict Resolution

By Frida Kerner Furman, Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, 2009-2010

excerpt: Our destination is the mayor’s office. We’ve been told that the mayor we are about to meet is a member of Hamas. I am asking myself: How can I, as a committed Jew who loves Israel and affirms its right to exist, listen compassionately to someone who shares Hamas’s commitment to the destruction of the Jewish state? Is my participation in this listening moment an act of disloyalty? Will I be able to suspend judgment and “open my heart” in order to listen to Mayor Farham al-Qaham’s story?

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Conflict Resolution in the “Holy Lands”

King County Bar Association: January 2011 Bar Bulletin

By John Shaffer

I recently returned from a conflict resolution training of unusual depth and dimension. It is an experience I wish for all my family and friends, co-workers and neighbors. I say “it is” because the journey this training is a part of is not over; in fact, I’d say it has hardly begun.

The resolution method is called “compassionate listening,” which is the focus of The Compassionate Listening Project, an extraordinary organization that demonstrates and teaches ways to understand conflict at its very core. I recommend a visit to its website, found at compassionatelistening.org. I also recommend contacting the organization and signing up for a training. I’ll almost guarantee a life-changing experience if you do.
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Skills for Getting to the Heart of the Matter – Leah Green recognized by Peace X Peace

Interview with Leah Green by Alicia Simoni of Peace X Peace, December 13, 2010

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Leah Green, founder and director of the Compassionate Listening Project, was one of three international recipients of an Honorable Mention for the Peace X Peace Community Peacebuilder Award.

During a recent interview with Peace X Peace, Leah described the work of the Compassionate Listening Project and how heart-to-heart connections may lay at the foundation of building peace.

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Rabbi hears from all sides on mission to Mideast

By Marily Silverstein, New Jersey Jewish News , May 6, 2008
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