Social justice no substitute for Judaism


To the Editor:

Rabbi Eric Yoffie is correct to assert that social justice is valued in Judaism. But is social justice a "Jewish value" when it is not unique to Judaism? One need not be a Jew or practice Judaism to perform social justice.

I think that Joel Alperson’s argument is that social justice without Jewish ritual, without living a Jewish life and without normative Jewish practice is not the same thing as Judaism and it is not a substitute for Judaism.

David Heller
Potomac, Md.

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