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A Serious Jew

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rebuilt with stricter legal ob-
servance of Kashrut.
Finally, there are many
Jews — today, probably most
Jews — who are committed
only to the peoplehood com-
ponent of Judaism. Many of
these Jews — who call them-
selves cultural, nationalist, or
secular Jews — have made
great contributions to Jewish
survival. The State of Israel,
for example, was founded
largely by Jews who dropped
God and Torah and dedicated
their lives to Jewish people-
hood.
But such Jews — as com-
mitted to the Jewish people
as they may be — are as Un-
balanced in their Jewish com-
mitment as Jews who study
Talmud all day and do little or
nothing for the Jewish people.
Even in terms of what
these Jews are most attached
to — the Jewish people —
their imbalanced commit-
ment will eventually be no
more constructive than that
of Jews who neglect Jewish
peoplehood. For most of their
children will not even retain
their parents' commitment to
Jewish peoplehood. Secular
Jews committed to the Jew-
ish people do not produce
secular Jews committed to
the Jewish people. Their
children either stay secular
and have little or no commit-
ment to the Jewish people or
they become religious, i.e.,
committed to God and Torah,
as well as to Israel.
Just as society at large can
tolerate, indeed may even
need, a tiny number of people
fanatically dedicated to art or
to science as opposed to all
other concerns, Jewish soc-
iety can tolerate a few Jews
who overemphasize God or
Torah or Israel. But for most
of us — for the serious Jew —
a deep and equal commit-
ment to each of Judaism's
three components is neces-
sary.
Not Ends In Themselves
Faith in God, observance of
law, and identification with
Jewish peoplehood are not
ends in themselves, however.
The serious Jew must at-
tempt to implement the Jew-
ish tasks associated with
each component.
It is not enough for a Jew
to believe in God, or even to
love and to pray to God. The
Jewish people has the mis-
sion to bring the world to
God and to His ethics, speci-
fically, to the Seven Noahide
Laws.
We are here to teach the
world the terrible conse-
quences of God without
ethics (e.g., Crusaders and
Khomeinis) and of ethics
without God (e.g., Nazism
and Communism). Unfortu-
nately, however, few Jews of
any persuasion take this task
seriously. Secular Jews by

Neither the
Orthodox Jew who
observes out of
habit nor the
Reform whose non-
observance is out
of habit meets our
qualifications for a
serious Jew.

definition do not. Reform
Judaism is now so identified
with preaching social justice
that it is becoming almost in-
distinguishable from secular
humanism. Conservative
Judaism is primarily con-
cerned with academic schol-
arship and commitment to
Israel. And Orthodoxy has by
and large withdrawn from the
world, having become too pre-
occupied with Halacha to
bother with the world. Bring-
ing the world to God and His
law strikes most Orthodox
Jews as either naarishkeit
(foolish nonsense), bitul Torah
(wasteful neglect of rIbrah), or
pointless until all Jews are
brought back to Judaism.
It is a great loss to the Jews
and to the world that after
the Nazi Holocaust and the
Communist genocides,
Reform, Conservative, Ortho-
dox, and secular Jews contin-
ue with these preoccupations
as if nothing has changed. It
is a world tragedy because
Jews are neglecting to teach
the Jewish solution to human
evil — unlike humanism,
Judaism teaches the necessi-
ty of God for an ethical world;
and unlike Christianity, Juda-
ism, teaches the primacy of
ethics over faith. And this
neglect is a Jewish tragedy,
for every day that Jews do
not bring the world closer to
God and His laws, the Jews
are one day closer to another
Holocaust.
As regards the law compo-
nent, the serious Jew acknow-
ledges that just as faith in
God is not an end in itself, so
too, observance of Jewish law
is not an end itself.
The peoplehood compo-
nent, too, has higher tasks
associated with it. It is not

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