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CRITICAL SOLIDARITY VERSUS SLAVISH IDOLATRY

by Ted Schmidt

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed…
Isaiah 5: 7

Religion as an institution, the Temple as an ultimate end, or, in other words, religion for religion’s sake, is idolatry.
The fact is that evil is integral to religion, not only to secularism.
Parochial saintliness may be an evasion of duty, an accommodation to selfishness.
Religion is for God’s sake.
The human side of religion, its creeds, rituals and instructions is a way rather than a goal. The goal is "to do justice, to love mercy and walk humbly with thy God." When the human side of religion becomes the goal, injustice becomes a way
Abraham Heschel

There are things which happen on a daily basis that make me very uncomfortable as a Jew. You cannot ignore a command that is repeated 36 times in the Mosaic books. You were exiled in order to know what it feels like to be an exile. I regard
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