Sadly millions of Jews have left the faith. Others venture forth only hesitantly into a synagogue, now a bastion of fossilized ritual and conspicuous consumption. These millions needed more from the orthodoxy, and this book attempts to show them the way back by giving renewed life to the heritages of Judaism, and, consequently, to its meaning for the modern world. Judaism’s Promise argues for a return to the synagogue’s originating Hellenistic commitment «to come together» in intellectual and moral study. As Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan argued, Judaism must once more become in the 20–21st century the civilization that it once represented to the wider world, and not a fossilized ceremonialism.
Chapter 7: Our Judaic Heritage
Our Judaic Heritage
Context of Survival
The Jews and Judaism have survived because they have adapted to historic changes, especially when they were “losers.” We have an ancient evolutionary principle at work, albeit on the sociohistorical level: those creatures/groups who are outliers, on the perimeter of historic dominance, often, if they adapt defensively to their circumstances, in the turn of history, can often return to the fore. The dominant creatures/groups of one epoch in biological time are dominant because they have made the most of their momentary opportunistic adaptation to external events.
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