The Fading Faith of a Jewish Moral Exceptionalist

By David N. Myers

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, November 2009

The author cites the position of Jewish thinker Simon Rawidowicz, who was disappointed by the failure of Jews, in the form of the State of Israel, to act on the lessons of their historical experience. The United Nations report headed by Richard Goldstone casts serious doubts on the veracity of Israel's doctrine of tohar ha-neshek, "purity of arms," during the Gaza conflict which the IDF avers was indeed upheld. The author questions how much operational significance the doctrine has for the IDF today and argues that it asserts a Jewish moralism that Israelis invoke selectively.

Topic: Morality, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Ethics, Violence, War, Military Service

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.664

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Myers, David N. The Fading Faith of a Jewish Moral Exceptionalist. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. November 2009: 5-6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6950


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