Dec 31, 2013
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
That's a lot of good being done by one very good, talented, and successful person. You might, then say, that capitalism can be a redeeming force in the world. And while many do everything they can to change the world through the financial means they are blessed to achieve within a capitalist economy, this very meaningful good effort is inherently dependent upon the righteous conviction of the successful.
That means that capitalism must also be recognized as a "dependency system" in which the vulnerable need the powerful to give their wealth away. Yes, Capitalism can include powerful forces for good, but I'm not convinced it's an inherently good system. We should say about Capitalism what Winston Churchill once said about democracy: "It is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
A good system would eliminate vulnerability and destitution as a likely outcome, regardless of the goodwill of the few. Capitalism is not going away, and self-interest (the all-too-human basis for its global dominance, usually euphemized as "individual rights") is here to stay.
I'm just saying that we shouldn't be so proud of free will offerings.
A successful person of faith who lives in a capitalist society should use language like "obligation" and "responsibility" and "bearing the burden of the other" to describe their giving.
Dec 30, 2013
Upcoming Events (New Years Day Israeli Dancing, Sea of Reeds with Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Creditor, Tu Bishvat Seder, MLK Breakfast)
Back by popular demand! - Josh Kornbluth's Sea of Reeds (A man, his oboe, his rabbi, and his orchestra.)
Dec 29, 2013
Oren: Israel must recognize all forms of Judaism or risk alienating US Jews
'We call ourselves the nation-state of the Jewish people,' says recently returned Israeli envoy to the US. 'Now let's live up to it'
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
Breaking: Uganda's anti-gay bill passed in Parliament today. We call on President Museveni to veto it once & for all.
Breaking: Uganda's anti-gay bill passed in Parliament today. We call on President Museveni to veto it once & for all. http://t.co/V1PwC8HIjI
Dec 24, 2013
42 U.S. university and college presidents have publicly rejected the boycott of #Israel. Not one has endorsed it.
Click here for the running list:
Dec 23, 2013
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Dec 22, 2013
"Blessed, Complicated Water" or "Sitting at China Beach, Remembering Cape Coast"
(C) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
These waters kiss those waters,
rotting detritus and free children's footsteps comingling in a global mikvah,
purifying each wet person
from the ravages
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