Babel and Political Sectarianism

By Lawrence Bush

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1995

The piece explores the role of sectarian thinking in approaching social realities as it relates to Jewish thought. The author highlights that his complex Jewish identity forced him to reflect on extreme ideas and thoughts through the lens of his own multi-faceted identity. He goes on to explain how he is naturally inclined toward moderation and caution as a result of themes of healing, compassion and the basis of Shabbat, which are inherent in Jewish thought and tradition. The author concludes by supporting the idea of ideological agnosticism as the safest stance for being able to clarify values and to sustain compassion for other human beings, while still being able to appeal to them.

Topic: Sectarianism, Faith, Jewish Identification, Pluralism, Belief

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 60/No. 1

Page Number(s): 81-87

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Bush, Lawrence. Babel and Political Sectarianism. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1995: 81-87. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4947


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