The concept of chosenness is both central to Judaism and often misunderstood. Throughout history, it has been seen as an affront by many non-Jews. Rare is the indictment of the Jews that does not, in some way, invoke this idea that presumably suggests the Jews are better than everyone else.

Rabbi David Wolpe (author of’s “Ask the Rabbi”) uses this paragraph to start a review of Jean Daniel’s new book The Jewish Prison. The Jewish notion of “chosenness,” Daniel argues, is a concept that interferes with feminism, democracy, and the possibility of peace in Israel. Read the rest here.