Dear Gideon, you wrote : We should, of course, continue to read the prayer "You have chosen us." It is part of the Jewish heritage. But Israel should long since have freed itself from its contemporary and practical meaning in an otherwise intersting and thoughtful article, your treatment of prayer was lacking. The reason why we say that we're chosen is not because we're smarter than others, or better than others and so on. This is clearly stated in the Torah. Humility is supposed to be our national trait. Our arrogance is a result of not learning Torah and not keeping mitzvot.
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from the article: Jewish people are just that, people, and far from chosen