Is Our Tradition Liberal or Conservative?

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, 2012

Explanations for the resolutely liberal nature of American Jewish communities abound, and lead some to ask - is the Jewish tradition itself inherently liberal? While 'tradition' is not an easy word to define, experience points Jews towards liberalism. Jews, too often the outsiders, insist on a politics of inclusion and refuse to turn their backs on the wounded. The tradition requires that Jews examine the impact of each policy proposal on the least-successful. The weight of Jewish tradition is in precisely the liberal direction.

Topic: Liberalism, Political Behavior, Jewish Identity, Ideology, Politics

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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