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What to Pray for During Ramadan and Yom Kippur: Brave and Creative Leaders

Monday, Oct. 2, 2006

JERUSALEM -- The usually ferocious Jerusalem traffic moves a little more slowly these days. According to the lunar calendars followed by Muslims and Jews, the holy Muslim month of Ramadan this year coincides with Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, making this a time when both Muslims and Jews, separately but simultaneously, are engaging in reflection and prayer. Their prayers this year ought to include requests for new leaders, brave and creative, for both sides of this conflict.

Palestinians and Israelis are giving pollsters mind-bogglingly inconsistent views of what they want. That means they are ready for new leaders who can craft new policies and help bring an end to a conflict that has everyone feeling utterly exhausted. ...

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