You’ll never guess who wrote the following paragraph or what magazine it appeared in:
A large and diverse community can only come together for common purposes on the basis of some common values - primarily respect for the right of others to think differently from themselves and tolerance for different views. Such tolerance begins with realizing one’s limits and the improbability that the truth lies solely with one person or group.
So who wrote this and where?
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in a controversial sequel to The dignity of the difference?
Thomas Friedman in The New York Times?
Ellen DeGeneres in Vanity Fair?
The answer is…
Jonathan Rosenblum, in Mishpachah magazine in this week!
Now it is true that Rosenblum refers to the fellowship of the entire United States of America. Obviously, his words are also extremely applicable to the special area of Orthodox Judaism represented by Mishpacha, which certainly claims exclusive truth and has very little tolerance for different views.
It particularly recalled Rabbi Daniel Travis / Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg’s response (sadly impossible to know the real author) asking a person to ignore their father’s dying desire, a donation of preservation, not one to leave to kollel, and was told to give it to a kollel instead. This is based on the assumption that “we know better than him what he really wants to do with his money”. Such an approach is the exact opposite of “respecting the right of others to think differently from oneself” and “recognizing one’s limits and the improbability that the truth lies solely with one person or group”.
Does Rosenblum secretly wish that the Mishpachah readership would also support the approach he is proposing for America as a whole? Or would he just say so? Other should realize their own limits and the improbability that the truth lies solely with them, but Charedi Jews actually have the exclusive truth?
Unfortunately there is no way of knowing. In any case, it is interesting to see that such an approach advertised in Mischpacha is desirable!
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