born New York City, NY 3rd of May 1934 — deceased Jerusalem Israel 8th August 2021
Here and Now
This was written for the 50th Reunion of the Habonim Workshop that took place in 1952 at Geva, Israel. Hadassah was in Santa Fe, New Mexico when she wrote these remarks.
I’ll call this bio “Here and Now’. “Here”, 18 + 50 is where | am presently in my life. A life that included educational and psychological work with children and adults, devotion to writing intercultural dialogue and environmental and peace activism has brought me to this point I’ve aways juggled the polarity of involvement with people and the ‘world’ with a strong meditative bent. Like most folks I’ve had and have my share of relationships that nurture the soul. | guess I’ve traveled the world a bit more than some; have dual citizenship Israeli and American.
Which brings me to the “Now”. A year ago I moved from Jerusalem to Santa Fe. In my heart I’m in both places and | expect to be back in Israel for a longer or shorter period a year from now. There’s a group of Jews and others, loosely affiliated with Michael Lerner’s Tikkun Movement, that I’m involved with here. The primary focus is on striving to promote a peaceful and just resolution of the conflict between Israel & Palestine. By e-mail I’m in close touch with Israeli political psychologist Olek Netzer, who believes that the dismantling of settlements, of at least one settlement NOW to begin with, is imperative if we’re to reverse inter communal dialogue and mutual help projects such as Ta’ayush and the Israel Interfaith Association are important aids to mutual understanding.
Aside from this preoccupation of mine, I’m facilitating a “Self Renewal Workshop” in which | teach Progoff’s Intensive Journal Technique and psychosynthesis exercises. Writing of poetry and prose continues as does the search for a publisher for a few of my bigger (book length) brain children, including, in particular, GET THEE FORTH, the record of my journey to and within India from Israel (1977-78). Oh, and I like to meditate at the Friends Meeting house each week and once a month with a few friends who share my attunement to Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy. Walking out in nature, dreaming beneath the grandmother apricot tree in my yard, digging organic matter into the earth, praying for peace.
Seeking to deepen her meditations, and visit schools fostering children’s spiritual growth, Hadassah Haskale traveled from Israel to India in 1977, when in her early forties; en route passing through Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this book, Wayfaring, the author, a poet and psychologist, uses her journal to bridge the journey between the physical and the spiritual. Slowly read the words in Wayfaring and reflect upon the questions Haskale poses. The survival of the human race and that of other species as well will hinge on the answers we come up with, she believes. “Planet Earth is hot and bothered! What manner of fumes have we humans exhaled into the atmosphere that circle back to plague us?” “Dare we take responsibility for our plight?” Hadassah Haskale asks. “What is this pack I am carrying? Even now. How we keep reliving the past! It carries us. How far back? Toward what?”
Since the early 1980s, Hadassah Haskale has been writing about events she has witnessed in Israel and the United States relevant to war and peace. Her reflections on recurring waves of violence, on the rise and fall of hopes and bids for peace in the Middle East are the basis for this book, Dreaming Beyond War. In poetry, photographs, and prose, she puts up a mirror to inner and outer worlds. You may be startled to discover the face of the “other” looking back at you from within. The prayer uttered in the opening poem, Heritage, is implicit throughout: “Those who are close quarrel most bitterly! Let us recover the meeting place within Let our fates intertwine fruitfully, Amen”
Varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes. Varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes.
A website featuring Hadassah Haskale’s poetry and prose
HELLO OUT THERE FELLOW EARTHLINGS !
It is August 12th, 2006 as I write this. I’m recently back from a reading tour in the American southwest where I shared poetry from my book Dreaming Beyond War, a quarter century of reflections on war and peace in Israel and the USA. The war Israel launched July 12th, 2006, after Hizballah fighters fired rockets from Lebanon, killing soldiers inside Israel and taking two hostage, continues. Sirens are intermittent in northern Israeli towns and villages, bombardments relentless, some people huddled in shelters for a month. Devastation is even heavier in Lebanon.
Who are we, who am I, who are you, as we live in the midst, part of a continuum? I shut the chaos out to find peace of mind. But I want to know, to understand what’s happening. Where/how do we fit into the pattern of events, the stream of consciousness surrounding and swaying us when the natural mind is polluted with war cries, with language sanitizing dirty work? That’s where poetry comes in. To scrape off the silver obscuring the code, to remove the blinders, re-open the eye.
We can have a say. Can we dig our way out of traps we humans set for ourselves?
3 May 1934
Born to Yitzchak and Rifka Davis
Born in NYC Hospital 3rd of May 1934
Judith Hadassah Davis
August 10, 2018
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