Sunday, 16 May 2010

Results of Poll on: What is Most Important

In our last poll, we inquired:

POLL: Most Important?

We'll admit that this poll is highly simplistic and if there is one thing that Nishma emphasizes again and again, it is that Judaism and Torah are highly complex and therefore are not subject to simplicities. Nevertheless, sometimes the most simplistic of questions can provoke some significant soul-searching. This could offer such an occasion and, if it does, we would be successful.
So, even though there is much overlap between these answers and it is hard to contemplate one without the other...
what do you think is the most important aspect of Torah Judaism?

A) What we DO as Jews (ex. conformity to mitzvot);

B) Who we ARE as Jews;

C) How much Torah we master;

D) How closely we relate to Hashem (d'veikut);

E) Our own self-perfection (ex. our menschlichkeit quotient).

Your Responses (total 20)

Option A - 15% (3)
Option B - 15% (3)
Option C - 15% (3)
Option D - 20% (4)
Option E - 35% (7)


Rabbi Hecht

To paraphrase Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai, I, as did the largest segment of respondents, favour Option E for within it I see all the other options.

Rabbi Wolpoe
Not to be argumentative but option E could/would include Reform or Ethical culture if being a "mensch" was all it took!
So it might indeed be number 1 on our list of priorities but I would NOT see it as all-inclusive

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