Why Jews in the World?
A Reaffirmation of Faith in Israel's Destiny
Why are Jews and Judaism in the world? No one would dare to say that either is a comfortable thing for the world. Nor, perhaps, would any Jew say that the Jews are a comfortable thing for themselves. Neither the Jewish religion nor the Jewish heritage is an easy one. And there can be no easy Judaism. It was the Reform movement’s mistake to have tried at times to supply Jews with a Judaism that was too unexacting, too comfortable, with a Judaism that reminded itself of its own nature as in-frequently as possible. And some of our friends also made the mistake of looking for a quiet and unassertive Judaism that made itself noticed as little as possible.
But the question why Jews were in the world could not be suppressed, and continued to arise, inside oneself or outside, softly or loudly.
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