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In these unusual days in which Jews are once more condemned for being Jews and some of our own brothers try to deny or even abhor their Jewishness, I believe, paradoxically, that the Jewish people will soon experience the most glorious opportunity of all time.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Jewish people, due to the present crisis, will ultimately be forced to recognize the profundity and spirituality of Judaism.
Circumstances are forcing the Jewish people to clean itself of many misconceptions, false philosophies and ideologies. Slowly but surely Judaism will be seen in a different light and Jews will once more fall in love with their tradition, of which they have been robbed for such a long time.
Not only will Jews start to appreciate their own tradition but Jewish religious values will move far beyond the borders of the Jewish people, influence a great part of mankind and transform men's attitudes to life in drastic ways.
There is little doubt that ultimately this century will see the revival of the Jewish tradition as never before. In our days in which many religions and secular philosophies have lost much of their influence due to their extremism and lack of moral fiber, Judaism will offer an answer to the spiritual and material needs of mankind.
I predict that there will be a Jewish wave blowing through this world which will be unprecedented in its strength and sway.
There is nothing new in this assertion. Throughout the history of the Jewish people, gentiles of great influence have recognized all along what Judaism has done for the good of mankind and it will be wise to quote some of them so as to create Jewish pride within ourselves and our children.
Here are some quotations which do not need any explanation. To appreciate these quotations, it is most important to read them very carefully, since each one holds another unique aspect of our Jewishness which, it seems, we have forgotten ourselves.
Heaven sometimes sends us great gentile souls in order to remind His people who they are. Let us carefully hear and act accordingly.
Jew is that sacred being who has brought down
Jew is the pioneer of liberty
Gentiles owe our life to Israel.
will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men
John Adams to F.A.Vanderkemp, 16 February, 1809, The works of John Adams, ed, C.F.Adams, vol.9, pp. 609-10.
*Quoted by Chief Rabbi J.H.Hertz, A book of Jewish Thoughts, 1966, London, Oxford University Press.
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
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