10 thoughts on “Avraham Burg tonight!

  1. Was his talk along the same lines as his recent Ha’aretz editorial. The following excerpt has to rank up there with one of the most moronic utterances ever by a Jewish public intellectual:

    Behaving as “a nation that dwells alone” came naturally to us, and we abandoned the universal responsibility of the Jewish people, which was once “a nation of the world” and has now become too much of “a nation of the land.”
    The results of this closing of the national soul are very sad. For the first time in millennia, we are not at the forefront of influence on the world. In the past, there was hardly an era in which we did not have an influence.

    Burg’s position is that today’s Jews, who in America and Israel are at the cutting edge of every scientific and intellectual endeavor have “no influence” compared to centuries in which we were locked in the ghetto and schtetl, kept away from the wider world. That’s just schtyuot on stilts.

  2. Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ’tis truth alone is strong
    Though her portions be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong
    Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown
    Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
    – James Russell Lowell
    I believe that this is was Avraham Burg meant.

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