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Peter J. Rubinstein
Affirming Our Communal Character (Rosh HaShanah 5770)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 19, 2009

Our character has been impugned. Our integrity is under assault. Slanderous defamation of our moral fiber echoes the Nazi propaganda campaign before they exterminated six million Jews. We are brutalized from without and yet, and yet…for the first time in my memory there have been whispers among Jews themselves who wonder whether we have gone astray. Have we behaved well? Can we be trusted? Is our character intact?

Peter J. Rubinstein
The Nitty-Gritty of Life: A Comment on Parashat Mishpatim

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  February 20, 2009

Peter J. Rubinstein
On a Presidential Inauguration and Parashat Va-ayra

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  January 24, 2009

Peter J. Rubinstein

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  January 10, 2009

Peter J. Rubinstein
The Purpose of a “Chosen People” (Yom Kippur 5769)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  October 9, 2008

Some of us comfortably accept the notion of divine election, that we Jews have an unimpeachable role in history and that, indeed, we are different from other religious groups. Others, squirming under the ideological and historical burden of chosenness, fundamentally reject the concept at its core and, in fact, disdain any presumption that we Jews are special. Today I invite this congregation to think about the implication of chosenness: from the blessing of lofty vision and meaningful mission to the sin of xenophobic exclusion and arrogant prejudice.

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