Monday, October 28, 2013

The role of Israel


"There is no assertion in the Bible that the Israelites are inherently better or more moral than others. Their vocation represents not a privilege but a reponsibility. It confers no material advantages, only the religious life itself. Nor is there any implication that G-d is not accessible to others. On the contrary, he is the creator and sustainer of all. Job, the supreme example of a righteous man, is not a Jew… Israel's role is to be an example: no more, no less… If Israel's role is to be an example, then its conduct must never be less than exemplary. That is the meaning of 'sanctifying the name'."

(Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, To Heal a Fractured World, pg. 66)

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