domingo, 13 de mayo de 2012

Open Letter to Classical Society.

Open Letter to Classical Society

With the humble and shy regard of someone who is not even worthy of being called a talmid, I approach the kise of the Society, because I would like to write some suggestions for the Society’s webpage. They reflect the perspective of someone who is new and may like to see written on your web thoughts concerning these subjects: 1) It would be important to write, in a didactic way, that the Society welcomes persons who understand the G-d concept in ways similar to Erich Fromm’s (his work And you shall be as g-ds: G-d is the experience of struggling against oppression) or Mordecai Kaplan’s (all his works; G-d is that part of reality that enables us to find inner healing and commitment to ethics). This is important because someone new who reads your web may think that you are closed only to “mainstream” ways of understanding G-d (which in turn, may mean that you have views concerning life and ethics that have not reached the Enlightenment), and not open to metaphorical or alternative ways of interpreting both G-d, Tanakh and tradition. 2) Views concerning the State of Israel should be explained in more detail. In particular, you may write your views concerning this: It is one thing to say you support Jews living in the LAND of Israel (international law was born on Francisco de Vitoria’s work –Grotius just copies and secularizes him– explaining international law as based of person’s sociability, and thus grounding the legal right to move to other countries and live and create richness there… even more if your forefathers lived there! But it is a completely different thing to say you support the STATE of Israel, a State whose hymn talks of a Jewish soul… so excluding from the beginning the other half of the population: non-Jews… If this statement is true –as some people say– it would be important to clarify this because many people think so, there may be a contradiction between this support and Enlightenment… a theme to think about. (Pseudo?) Yeshayahu’s view on Chapter 19 sees us, Jews, not as the first, but as the third, and locates us between the two potencies’s symbol, Assyrians and Egyptians… and the land of Israel as the middle of derekh, of a road, where freely Assyrians and Egyptians will travel and meet each other with the Jews. To me, this does not speak of a National State, but of a society of multiple ethnics, living in peace with the same legal rights. Khesed-love.

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