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    • Michael Greenberg
    • 22.05.07 | 22:34 (IDT)

    The Torah does not say God made Israel his Chosen People..rather that God chose the Children Of Israel to be his AM SEGULAH --this is often translated as special nation or special people--or in even better translation "PECULIAR NATION" or "PECULIAR PEOPLE"... The emphasis is not on CHOSEN,but on PECULIAR...We are indeed PECULIAR,for our function is not to SUBMIT to God's Will as the Muslim raison d'etre,nor to ACCEPT as Christians do Jesus,but rather to STRUGGLE (WRESTLE) with GOD --as the very name of Israel originated after Jacob wrestled the angel of God..this means glorifying the goodness of God,but also exposing his stupidities and teaching Him a sometimes more human or better ethical or progressive way..we are PECULLIAR --God tells us to FEAR Him,but sometimes like Isaac we just laugh and like Abraham bargaining to save lives before God destroyed Sodom+Gomorrah, we try to mitigate God's strict alien logic to more human acceptable standards. The World needs our PECULIARNESS.

    from the article: Chosen people complex
    First published 00:00 22.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.05.07
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