THERE FIRST

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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

Beer­sheba

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