Continuing the Conversation--Now on JTS's Conservative Judaism Blog
Dear Chevreh -
for those who haven't yet read the essays and responses on the new JTS Conservative Judaism blog, I can't recommend it highly enough! Once you read one, you'll listen and read the rest - passionate, articulate, and relevant!
An essential part of the "Conservative Judaism: A Community Conversation" blog is, of course, the conversation. This week, rather than a new essay, I am posting my reply to some of the points raised by our respondents. Please visit the site, and help to shape it, by contributing your thoughts to this ongoing community discussion.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…