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.