The Centrality of Community

By Charles S. Liebman

Charles S. Liebman, 2002

Klal Yisrael represents the reality of Jewish people throughout the world to whom Jews have a special relationship and special obligations. But Klal Yisrael also represents a concept, the notion that there are not only so many millions of people who are Jewish, but that there is an entity called the Jewish People. This entity, like a nation, exists in our minds, and we imagine it as having a history, a culture, a destiny, identifiable needs, and the moral authority to command our loyalty. The local community institution, in the UK as in the US, is more than likely to be the synagogue, integrating its members into both the real and ideal aspects of Klal Yisrael. The community is a major way through which members learn about other the conditions and activities of Jews and other Jewish communities.

Topic: Halakha, Congregations and Synagogues, Jewish Law, Meaning, Jewish Organizations, Religion, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Collected Speeches of Charles S. Liebman

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United Kingdom

Language: English

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