JTS's Conservative Judaism Blog: "Jews and Others: The Responses"
Dear JTS Family,
Why do we label ourselves and others, and what can we learn from it?
This week, in "Jews and Others: The Responses," I rejoin the lively conversation that is taking place on the JTS blog. Conservative Jews are sharing their experiences and discussing their beliefs on a variety of topics. Read the essay and let me know what you think.
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&…