So that under this consideration the whole community is one body in the state of Nature in respect of all other states or persons out of its community.146.
If we accept at face value the way Katie Zavadski and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith use the term against those who disagree with their respectively sinister and malicious roles, motives and methods, especially in the United States and Europe, the answer would be “Yes.”
And thus the community may be said in this respect to be always the supreme power, but not as considered under any form of government, because this power of the people can never take place till the government be dissolved.150.
Thank you for the thought provoking article, and I am impressed also by the comments it has evoked. There is such a broad diversity of responses to the main message of the article–that Jews must practice and publish the principle “Love your friend as yourself!” It occurs to me that the one common denominator in all the reactions, among the various respondents, whether written outright or implied, is a longing for the implementation of love in the world between all the various religions, nations, ethnicities. In the sense that this now world-famous principle of loving one another did certainly spring from the ideological tradition outlined in this article, the Jews have been a light to the nations. We all feel the sublime beauty contained in the principle. If only we could find a way to sit as equals and focus on how to manifest this state between us, what problems could not be solved? Who cares about dogmas, customs, rules, blame, etc.; it is the state of love between us that we need because it can make a place for everyone. We would do well to study the ancient texts of the ideological tradition to brought this concept to the world and discover the method of how to make it real among us in our ordinary lives. If there is a leader(s) in the science of how to make love real in the world, I would call such a messiah. One thing is certainly clear, it is only through unity that true wisdom and peace will be established, through somehow learning how to sit together and unite above all that divides us in a way that all feel heard and respected. Anyone who knows how to lead us to this, please step forward! If we Jews have the know-how in our tradition, let us unearth it and use it to heal our fractured world. It does feel as if we are “living on a powder keg and giving off sparks.”
THOUGH in a constituted commonwealth standing upon its own basis and acting according to its own nature- that is, acting for the preservation of the community, there can be but one supreme power, which is the legislative, to which all the rest are and must be subordinate, yet the legislative being only a fiduciary power to act for certain ends, there remains still in the people a supreme power to remove or alter the legislative, when they find the legislative act contrary to the trust reposed in them.
And will any one say that the mother hath a legislative power over her children that she can make standing rules which shall be of perpetual obligation, by which they ought to regulate all the concerns of their property, and bound their liberty all the course of their lives, and enforce the observation of them with capital punishments?
As the Jews dispersed throughout the world, they found it harder and harder to maintain their unity because they became absorbed into nations that had not had this same experience of connection. Today the tribes of Israel are so scattered that they have become assimilated into the larger societies and have forgotten that their role is to connect, so as to again re-align themselves with nature’s template. In this state they would be worthy of emulation and admiration.
The foundation of Israel is unity, connection, and love of others. Without that, they’re not Israel. It’s imperative that they restore the ties between them, and accept their God-given mission to educate, and teach the world to exist as a global family; “as one man with one heart.”
To me, Dr. Laitman’s message is not one of national pride; it’s about love for humanity and the steps that need to be taken to ensure its good future. I hope that the Jewish people can find the strength to love one another the way they once did because their unity will inspire and even compel the rest of the world to follow suit.
FactF: A good man is a good man, and a bad man is a bad man, just as a good Hebrew is a good Hebrew and a bad one is a bad one. This is vice versa as well. You can go anywhere in the world and see people acting horribly to one another. This is not something new. The difference is the Hebrews shun, reject and denounce those among them who act out of line with the morals of their people. This is also true for many other peoples, the difference is that the Hebrew expects a permanent change before the individual can be respected as they once were in the community. Many other nations celebrate the sociopath and tolerate the liar and the psychopath and then wonder why things are going bad. As examples we have leaders of many of the arabic nations. Whos leaders lie, cheat, steal, starve their own people all the while touting their greatness. We see this same thing in North Korea. This is something that most often is abnormal in Jewish society.
This methodology is the wisdom of Kabbalah and the Jews are its owners in the sense that they alone are poised to be a good example of its implementation for the rest of us. The reason for this is simple: At one time in their ancient history, a small group of Babylonians left Babylon and under the leadership of Abraham discovered this method and began to succeed in its main principle of connection and unity. They drew positive forces into our world and thus became a nation under the rule of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” By this, they became both blessed and responsible. Blessings are easily accepted; responsibility not so much since from the time of the destruction of the Second Temple until today, the Jews declined into unfounded hatred—between each other!
How the world fares depends on with what “Jewish talent, uniqueness” Jews assert such control.
The moment Jews revive their original foundations of unity and mutual guarantee above diversity and despite instinctive “baseless hate” such qualities would spread all over the world facilitating peace and sustainable prosperity for all.
The root cause of anti-Semitism lies in the strength of Jewish identity. Like any group with a strong focus on in group/out group identity, constant reference to differences invites constant awareness of differences. It is by no means a problem unique to Judaism and therefore can never be resolved as long as it is thought of as a unique or discrete Jewish issue. If Jewish leaders and writers spent more time and effort drawing comparison of their struggles to those of others, and less time focusing on just Jewish persecution, we can isolate the most ignorant and hateful sources of anti-Semitism from the mainstream. Jewish people have just as deep of a history of contribution and collaboration with other cultures as they do of persecution, and focusing on the similarities rather than the differences is the only useful way forward. Easier said than done, but worth the effort, for any group or culture.