Hero is a greek concept, brother a jewish - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Esaias
    • 14.09.09 | 18:21 (IDT)

    Very well written on a truly interesting topic, it goes right to the core of Jewish morality. In my opinion an Israeli hero is indeed something difficult, I think this is because as Jews we learn (correctly) not to have heroes because there is something idoltorous about it. But as this article also depicts Ramon came to be a hero of Israel as he was a brother of its people. This has nothing to do with nationalism, I believe. I get the same feeling, a very unique feeling indeed, when I read stories about Baal Shem or Martin Buber (perhaps because my need is not a hero to protect me physically but psychologically). Also as Jews the comfort of brotherhood is more essential than that of heroism. As the Swiss commenter indeed shows, we have only our self to turn to.

    from the article: Can there be such a thing as an Israeli hero?
    First published 17:09 14.09.09 | Last updated 17:41 14.09.09
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