Explanations for the resolutely liberal nature of American Jewish communities abound, and lead some to ask - is the Jewish tradition itself inherently liberal? While 'tradition' is not an easy word to define, experience points Jews towards liberalism. Jews, too often the outsiders, insist on a politics of inclusion and refuse to turn their backs on the wounded. The tradition requires that Jews examine the impact of each policy proposal on the least-successful. The weight of Jewish tradition is in precisely the liberal direction.