#02 Noevil 9-wrong! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mickey
    • 23.02.13 | 04:08 (IST)

    The 'choseness' of the Jews in the Bible does not imply any kind of aristocracy or superiority of Jews. According to the Bible, Jews are the Chosen People because they were chosen to make the idea of one God known to the world. Jews do not believe that being a member of the Chosen People gives them any special talents or makes them better than anyone else. On the topic of chosenness, the Book of Amos even goes so far as to say: "You alone have I singled out of all the families of the earth. That is why I call you to account for all your iniquities" (Amos 3:2). In this way Jews are called to be a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 42:6) by doing good in the world through gemilut hasidim (acts of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). So the 'choseness' actually implies responsibility, not superiority. Many States including Australia have national groups who share a love for another state without living in them or even ever stepping on the soil of those lands. So you have second and even third generation Italians living in australia who proudly state that they are Italian Australians or Greek Australians etc. Jews have always had a special bond to Jerusalem and Israel and are one of the oldest nations. So there is nothing wrong with Jews living outside Israel having love for an area which is the wellspring of their national identity and still loving the state they live in.

    from the article: Assault on Australian Jewry
    First published 06:22 22.02.13 | Last updated 06:22 22.02.13
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