Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: What We Worship (2017)

Tzedakah


Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: “We have seen a growth of extremism in politics and religion—all of it fueled by anxiety, uncertainty and fear. Of a world that’s changing almost faster than we can bear. And the sure knowledge that it’s going to change faster still. […] Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. “I think there is.” And the question each of us must ask, he suggests, is what we worship, both as individuals and as a collective that make up communities. If it is only the worship of the self—the individual, the ego, the yetzer hara (יֵצֶר הַרַע)—then one is left vulnerable, fearful and alone. Rather, Rabbi Sacks says, it is important to view our identity in “us.” Moreover, a nation and a People are strong when it cares for the weak, the poor and the vulnerable. The act of tzedakah (צדקה‎; justice) is central to the Torah and the Talmud. So important is tzedakah that it says in Proverbs 21:3 (מִשְׁלֵי; Míshlê ): “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” In other words, although ritual is important, tzedakah is more so. This tells us something important.
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