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Jewish Idealism

A key difference between living in Israel and the United States.


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Visitor Comments: 15

(15) chaim ltrama, August 29, 2009 3:50 PM


idealism without sound judgement can cause great harm. when a person has a solid grasp of who they are and what they believe in, plus the study of Torah, then they can make choices about ideas that they may wish to embrace. but without a solid faith and understanding of the world idealism can be a very destructive tool.

(14) Anonymous, August 26, 2009 2:01 AM

not really materialism but necessity

I am not a particularly materialistic person, although I enjoy a car that works, etc. But the reality of living as an Orhodox Jews in America drives many of us to have to focus on earning significantly more money than we would otherwise have to. It's a necessity rather than a choice, and drives many of us into overdrive and overstress! I wish we had the luxury to be idealsitic!! We could create much nicer communities to live in.

(13) Anonymous, August 25, 2009 10:00 PM


WOW! Thanks for reminding me why we made aliyah all of those years ago. May we never forget why and how important it is to keep forging on---not suffering from a lack of--welll lots of things---but forging on and appreciating what is so great about eretz hakodesh--my land--our land.

(12) ruth housman, August 25, 2009 8:28 PM

on Target

I think it's true, that as a nation, here, there are less protests and less massive marches to protest injustice of all kinds. All the same I know a lot of people, Jews and Non Jews whose conversation is about injustice and about making positive change, in all areas of life. If there is a Jewish gene for injustice, it might have something to do with what has been passed down also through history, namely a history of being sensitized to what it's like to feel marginalized. This is deep and we do teach it to our children, or hopefully, we do. I do believe that all people who suffer, can take the high road, meaning sensitization brings them to a deeper awareness of what needs to be righted in life, and that there is a low road that makes people then very self-righteous and often entitled, and those people grab and behave in ways that are the opposite of sensitive because they have learned another lesson, namely take what you can while you can. I see all people in a different light, meaning I spend a lot of time on environmental and other causes on line, and it's not just Jews and the Jewish gene that prompts these wonderful people who truly, do care. So maybe this gene runs through many "lines".

(11) Linda J. McArtney, August 25, 2009 7:50 PM

To Lori Palatnik

Thank you Lori for all your wonderful and informative articles. Yourself, and what I have learned from them have also played a part in my decision to convert to Judiaism. Keep up the good work! Linda

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