Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Edmund Burke and the Philosophy of Traditionalism

From RRW
R David Feldman‎:
"I don't think we have been committed to conserving just to be stubborn. We have conserved our Tradition because we see value and life enhancing quality in both its content and form. A distinctive feature in this tradition has been its sex-role division. The noble impulse that motivates us to seek justice for all should likewise impel us to fairness in understanding the basis of this tradition — The preservation of halakhah on its own terms, with its own internal logic and consistency, is at least as precious a goal as that of affording presumed advantage to the cause of "equality." And, preserving differences in obligation, role, and function, far from being an act of benighted oppression, may even reflect superior wisdom."
For some reason, early in my life, I saw Traditionalism as having an intrinsic value.
Later on, I read some Burke and had my feelings confirmed in a philosophical manner.
To me Judaism is about Tradition and - l'havdil America (USA) and even being a Yankee Fan -  all hark back to long standing Traditions
Minhag Kadmonim and Minhag Vossikim have special status' in the hierarchy of Minhog. To me it's about being "t‎ime-honored" and passing "Multiple Generations of Peer Review."
Each generation of Pos'kim speaks on a given issue. Sometimes in silence. 
‎Traditional Conservatism and Modern Orthodoxy both appeal to Tradition. IMHO both accept "evolution", in the case of Traditional C evolution is a bit more welcome.  
Traditionalism is not "progressive" for sure, also  not necessarily fundamentalistic.‎ It is a process of sticking to "time tested values" with little change except for Eis La'asos.

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