Judaism Beyond Words: Conclusion
JUDAISM IS the story God chooses to tell the Jews, and they choose to hear.
But Judaism is in grave trouble today, because it has difficulty saying what the point of the story is.
What is Judaism’s message to mankind? Jews make it their business to confront man on behalf of God, and (more foolhardy still) God on behalf of man. In practice Judaism is halakha, a “way of going,” the religious law. But why should a Jew who knows nothing aboutJudaism set off down this path? The Jewish nation is the senior nation of the Western world, by rights the spiritual leader; but where does it lead? From the broadest to the timeliest, most concrete terms, Judaism’s mission has never been plainer or more pressing or less well understood.
About the Author
David Gelernter is a professor of computer science at Yale.