I think the ethical dimension to Judiasm is beautiful, as I think the ethical components of all religions are. The "light unto the nations" crap is nothing but theological and ethnic chauvianism. It's arrogance to think Jews are better or need to be better then others, to show others the way. I have no problems with converts - I have family members who are converts because of marriage - but they are not on a mission to save us from other aspects of our religion or nationalism - nor to the slander us, bash us at every turn and hold us to a standard different from others. And don't give me that "I want to perpetuate the occupation" charge you usually throw up as a smokescreen I've been an opponent of the settlement enterprise and the occupation for years - when there where hardly any settlements. I'm still able to maitain some balance and fairness.
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