Messinger proposes two guiding principles “to advance the discourse about balancing universalism and particularism in the 21st century.” First, she suggests moving beyond the binary and embracing hybridity. Quoting Rabbi Hirsch, she writes, “We must forget the views and prejudices that we inherited about Judaism. Instead we must turn to the sources of Judaism… because Judaism, correctly conceived and conveyed, constitutes a bond of love and justice encompassing all creatures.” Second, she suggests valuing productive discomfort. She asks, “Can we be comfortable with Jewish expressions, opinions, and obligations that look and feel unfamiliar when we see people who derive deep meaning from them? Or, if we are uncomfortable, can we hold that discomfort while also seeing value in the meaning that people find in these expressions?” In conclusion, she proposes that, “all of us, moving through a messy world and grappling with the unfamiliar, share the responsibility of inheriting a complex history and shaping our collective future.”

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  1. Marcela comentou em 2 de dezembro de 2009 às 15:55. Julia, me ajuda com seu bom gosto? tenho um casamento sexta e vestirei um tomara que caia da Maria Bonita Extra nude com meia pata rosa claro da Arezzo. Vc acha que fica estranho eu colocar aquela meia calça preta, de coração (igual a que vc tem!)?!? Queria quebrar um pouco o ar rohtuaiqninmo demais… Thanks! Ah, sou mt sua fã!

  2. #3 – I’m not sure if Mercury was a slow agonizing death or just something that should never have been born in the first place.Either way, sorry for the job losses, happy for fewer beige boxes on the road… … other than the `49 Merc coupe and possibly the `67 Cougar was there anything worth while in their entire 70 year history?

  3. UGH. It is probably a lot worse when it’s not your own kid! p.s. Our last “vacation” was to Santa Barbara, and guess who had a major diaper blowout in the car on the way there? We had to pull over on the side of the road and….well….I won’t go into details….let’s just say it was bad. Very very bad.

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