Mercaz, Purim, and the Aish Kodesh

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4 Responses

  1. ZB says:

    A beautiful post, and its message is inspiring.
    I just want to point out the distinct possibility that the bais hamikdash was already built when purim took place, which sorta takes away some of the drash from the Rav Zvi Kushelevsky and the Sfas Emes (not that they would ever agree that this in fact was the case). But we can then say that the story of purim created a unity that help solidify the newly built bais hamikdash, if we can ever resolve the chronological issue.

  2. Barak says:

    Yashar Kochacha on a very nice and well-written article. I do have one question. You mentioned we are ALL Mercaz Harav, and that, in the name of Achdus, we ALL suffer from this tragedy, regardless of “Hashkafa” or sect. Would say then that someone who doesn’t feel this way, someone who blames the victims themselves for their own murders because of their “bad” “Hashkafas” would be considered by the rest of mainstream Orthodox Judaism to be beyond the pale? I’d really like to see a response to this question.

    Freilichen Purim and Good Shabbos.

  3. Yitzchok Adlerstein says:

    I don’t know anyone who speaks for “mainstream” Judaism. I don’t even know what the term means anymore. If you mean the more RW elements of the yeshiva world, Yated would be a better indicator that an isolated voice here or there who turned out to be the exception that proved the rule.

    My own view on any such statement (and I would exercise the usual caution before assuming the accuracy of any media reports)? Clearly and unequivocally beneath contempt.

  4. Avigdor says:

    We found the place within all of us that indeed is the same, and we found that place to be at the very core of our identities. [¶] Alas, this epiphany is not shared by all Jews. Outside of the Orthodox community there was sadness and commiseration, but we could not expect to find the same sense of violation of Torah itself from people who have not had the opportunity to learn of its beauty.

    I am a Conservative Jew, and I was horrified by the attack. It struck me as a qualitatively more terrible than similar attacks elsewhere in Israel. I felt the same way when I read about the attacks in Hebron in 1929, and I immediately thought of those when I heard about this attack. The same people, the same barbaric killing, but all new excuses.

    Arnold Eisen has argued that (in contrast to Orthodox Jews) more liberal Jews have a partial and pluralistic approach to Judaism. Partial in the sense that other values play a core role as well, and pluralistic in that different Jews will strike this balance in different ways. Without debating the merits of all this, I simply note that even with this understanding, Judaism and Torah do in fact form the core of many of our identities, although perhaps not as strongly or as exclusively as for Orthodox Jews. I considered this attack to be an attack on Torah and Judaism, as well as Jews and Israel.

    I’m sure not all Conservative and Reform Jews feel this way. But at least one does.

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