As Americans, part of our identity is our commitment to individual rights. But Judaism is a system of mitzvoth, duties and responsibilities.
Despite our status as a minority religion in this nation, American Jews should be the last ones to believe that the privatization of religion and its values is desirable, let alone possible.
Here is a “formula” for Jewish continuity based on three guiding principles from the prophet Micah: Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly.
Jonathan Kirsch Joel Cohen, Moses: A Memoir (Paulist Press, 2003) $19.95, 155 pp. Marek Halter, Sarah (Crown Publishers, 2004) $22.00, 296 pp. “Midrash” is a term that has come to be applied to almost any effort to reconsider and re-imagine our sacred texts and the men and women who are depicted in their pages. In
David Teutsch AIPAC, the primary pro-Israel lobby in Washington, may be the most powerful single lobby in the United States. Many of its detractors and supporters share this view. Much of the discussion about Jewish political influence focuses on AIPAC because of its visibility and the centrality of Israel concerns in many Jewish communal organizations.