Unfortunately, Judaism is not big on Tolerance - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    The unfortunate fact is that Judaism is prone to intolerance. Jewish tolerance does not even belong in a museum, because there is no history for it. Unlike its daughter religions Christianity and Islam, Judaism did not make the transition to Universalism. Judaism maintained its belief in its national god, although it made him a universal god, but with a special concern for Jews as the Chosen People. This is a basic component of national intolerance, one nation is better than all others. Of course, during the millenia the Jews were subdued and could not act on this belief towards others, but given the chance it immediately started flourishing. In antiquity, Hasmonean days, the Jews finally had their own government, not subject to any overlord. John Hyrcanos proceeded to destroy the Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim, and to forcibly convert the Edomites to Judaism. Recall that this was done when the rest of the world was pagan and tolerant of other gods. Nowadays, the settlers who based on Jewish law allow themselves to rob and kill innocent Arabs, are the poster children of intolerance.// Regarding tolerance towards other Jews, Jews of the Ghetto had to "behave". Those who strayed suffered the fate of Spinoza (excommunication). The quarrel between Hasidim and Misnagdim is still active, and of course Hasidim of different Courts can easily come to blows. In Mandatory Palestine/Israel, there arose the Revisionist movement. Their virulent propaganda against Arlozorov because he supposedly violated the national honor (by trying unsuccessfully to negotiate with the Nazis to save German Jewry), resulted in Arlozorov's assassination (as a similar propaganda led to the Rabin assassination years later). Today, there are few questioning the fact that Israeli society is deeply divided on many fronts. We wait to see who will come to blows over the issue of "tolerance".

    from the article: Thanksgiving, Tikkun Olam, and U.S. Jews breaking the Israel barrier
    First published 14:53 22.11.10 | Last updated 14:53 22.11.10
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