What are the priorities of Jewish advocacy groups? One raging debate in constitutional law is over Originalism — interpreting the Constitution as written — and regarding it as a living Constitution subject to adaptation. I play out such a debate in my mind when it comes to Jewish organizations: Have they gone beyond their original missions and, if so, have the original missions been diluted?
Liberal Jews overlook Hillel’s adage ‘If I am not myself, who will be for me?’Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah. And they said unto him: ‘Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. (1 Samuel 8:4-5)Was this the first recorded Jewish attempt at assimilation? “Assimilate” is defined as “to make similar”; it would seem that the elders’ petition would certainly fit this definition.
There is an old adage expressed in different forms. One is: “Be careful what you pray for; you may get it.”Many years ago, I saw the Broadway production of “Urinetown,” a satirical musical comedy that premiered in 2001. It was nominated for numerous Drama Desk and Tony Awards and won the 2002 Tony for Best Musical. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. It is definitely a parable for our times.
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