Idea of the Day: Enough Israel worship

JTA is soliciting readers’ ideas for reversing the tide of Jewish assimilation in America. Here’s today’s featured idea:

Stop worshipping the State of Israel and instead go back to worshipping God.

The Torah’s most frequently repeated command is some variant of: When you come into your land, do not oppress the stranger; remember that your were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall love the Other — the stranger, the non-Jew, the powerless, the poor.

Encourage open debate and criticism of the policies of the State of Israel according to Torah criteria of justice and love.Rabbi Michael Lerner
San Francisco, California

(The author is editor of Tikkun magazine.)

Read more ideas for stemming the tide of American Jewish disengagement here.

To share your idea, send an email describing one concrete idea in 200 words or less to jewishfuture@jta.org (include your full name, city, and state or country). Our favorites will be featured online.

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