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Jews at the White House — A Thought Experiment

Just imagine: If the American Jewish community were known to stand predominantly for something grand, cosmic, eternal, permanent, and universal in significance, don’t you think the President of the United States would be likelier to listen to us when we visit the White House to talk about our legitimate concerns about Israel’s safety? 

For that matter, imagine if Israel itself were known to stand for something other than its own survival?
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Joshua Sharf

posted July 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, what am I?
We can’t only be for our survival, but we must be for our survival.

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posted July 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Well for a lot of people Israel already does stand for something. It a society that despite constant threats to its survival and near-universal international hostility towards it has built a modern democracy capable of accomodating drastically different population groups, from Haredim to Arabs to the Secular, that has built a sophisticated economy and government that can still function even though a sizable chunk of the population prioritizes their religious duties over work, has has large population of people willing to go against the opinion of the whole world to live their faith and make a living from the land in disputed territories in their people’s original homeland, where despite terrorism and prejudice Arabs have full legal rights including the right to elect anti-Israel politicians. It has enabled rich religious communities, religious diversity, and a cross-pollination of religious views that creates new perspective and ideas (such as the crunch-con settlers, various outreach movements, intentional communities with orthodox alternative healers and so on). It has created a situation where even if your children leave religion, chances are they will marry a Jew and their children will thus be Jewish, enabling the continuity of the Jewish people. It has led to a lot of unique and wonderful things in national life that are not possible, or at least seldom occur, in the diaspora.
The problem is, as you may be implying, that Israel has a PR problem, and doesn’t really project an image to the world. This is really critical — I think Israel (or groups within it) ought to be going around the world with their perspective. The settlers in particular ought to have television commercials and so around the world, since the whole world has an opinion on them without hearing their point of view. But given the world’s opinion of them and the prohibitive cost, it’s no wonder they’re leaving that job to the general Israel advocacy organizations.
I also agree with the Breslover view of the mission of the Jewish people — to spread the Noahide faith, including an emphasis on emunah, faith that Hashem controls everything and does everything for the best, and hitbodedut, daily extended periods of meditation and personal prayer talking to Hashem in one’s own language, thanking, doing tshuvah, asking for whatever physical and spiritual things one needs. It’s called Hafatza:

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