Several articles in the December 13 Magazine are devoted to the discussion of Herzl’s visions for Jewish Israel. In “Theodor Herzl vs. Rabbi Kook” by Yitzchak Weisz, we are told that Herzl’s vision, which defined the uniqueness of Jewish identity, included a demand for social justice, corruption-free public life, and a society made up of people of compassion and genuine concern for the destitute.
Very high noble virtues. But are these uniquely Jewish? Many countries and religions claim the same virtues. My father, Rabbi Aharon Horowitz, used to say: But we were the first to extol these virtues.
The question is, after so many thousands of years, are we any better than the others? YIGAL HOROWITZ