Discussion Guide - Noble Ideals

March 1, 2014
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  1. Are some ideals too fundamental to be tarnished? If so, which?
  2. What about values such as tzedakah, obligations such as observing Shabbat, or beliefs such as a faith in God? Are these considered to be Jewish ideals? Can you compare these beliefs to America’s noble ideals?
  3. What are the dangers of venerating our political and religious heroes?
  4. How does American popular culture give life to a cynicism about politics?
  5. What do we learn from the Arab Spring about the potential for and perils of cultivating democracy in the Middle East?
  6. Is it possible to hold, simultaneously, an attraction to a system of thinking or beliefs and also a recognition of that system’s limitations?



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