Peoplehood is Here to be Re-Envisioned, A response to Steven Windmueller
- Jewish tradition and texts are concerned with particular and universal values. There are debates about questions of responsibility (for example, the debate of “aniyei ircha kodmim”) and the role of the Jewish People to improve the world as a whole (for example, the concept of “Tikkun Olam”).
- In the 21st century, a commitment to Jewish Peoplehood can exist fruitfully with tension between particularistic values that ensure the existence and well-being of the Jewish People and a universalistic commitment to general causes.
- The two agendas can conflict but the solution has to be in the form of a compromise.
- A People which only cares about itself lacks soul and purpose.
- A People that neglects developing its own identity and strength risks losing the power to do good all together.