Friday, 17 February 2017

Where Judaism Differed - By Abba Hillel Silver

From RRW
  Where Judaism Differed: An Inquiry into the Distinctiveness of Judaism
AH Silver was one of the few Reform Rabbis whom I "admired" to an extent

His Book - Where Judaism Differed‎ - was a classic in its time

Where Judaism differs TODAY from the politically correct zeitgeist can be reduced IMHO to a simple point of departure

Does justice INCLUDE
V'Dol lo sehedar b'reevo
Does it exclude it?

EG Affirmative action, 
Do you judge on merit or by race, Colour creed, national origin or economic class?

Same with many crimes. 
Same for illegal immigrants
Do you tip the scales of JUSTICE to favour the disadvantaged?

The Torah says "not in a court of law"

It's OK to privately give Tzedaka. But can merits be overlooked in favour of the disadvantaged in public policy? In the court system?

And if being disadvantaged becomes an advantage
Will that foster a society of "victims"?

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