Friday, March 11

Chosenness

Meir Soloveichik's important essay on the meaning of being a chosen people is online.

One of Judaism’s central premises is that God has a unique love for the Jewish people, in the merit of its ancestor Abraham, whom God loved millennia ago. This notion may make many readers uncomfortable, as they may feel that a righteous God would love all human beings, and therefore all peoples, equally and in the same way. Nevertheless, the notion of God’s special love for Israel must be stated and understood, for without it one cannot comprehend much that is unique about Judaism’s moral vision. ["God’s Beloved: A Defense of Chosenness," Azure (Winter 2005).]


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1 Comments:

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

I was underwhelmed. After reading the essay, it's hard to tell whether the rabbi had experienced love first hand, or only read about in Kirkegaard and the Rav.

 

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