You Shall Pursue

October 2, 2012

Quick Post: in which I am a Kaplan Fangirl

Filed under: Choosing Life, Rabbinical School, Social Justice — marleyweiner @ 7:00 pm

In honor of the recent High Holidays (which I will talk about in a minute) and in honor of diving back into my schoolwork, I’d like to leave you with two quotes:

Religion must no longer betray the hopes of men for the abolition of poverty, oppression, and war on this earth by regarding these evils as mere “trials and tribulations” or “chastisements of love,” for which we shall be compensated in another world. It must cease waiting for an act of miraculous intervention to remove these evils “in the end of days.” It must encourage men with faith and hope to apply human intelligence and good-will to the removal of these evils in the achievement of the social salvation of mankind.

-Mordechai Kaplan “The Meaning of God”

To be sure, they seek Me daily, eager to learn My ways. Like a nation that does what is right, that has not abandoned the laws of its God, they ask Me for the right way, they are eager for the nearness of God:
“Why, when we fasted, did You not see? When we starved our bodies, did You pay no heed?”
Because on your fast day you see to your business and oppress all your laborers! Because you fast in strife and contention, and you strike with a wicked fist!
Your fasting today is not such as to make your voice heard on high.
Is such the fast I desire, a day for men to starve their bodies? Is it bowing the head like a bulrush and lying in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call that a fast, a day when the Lord is favorable?
No, this is the fast I desire: to unlock the fetters of wickedness, and untie the cords of the yoke. To let the oppressed go free; to break off every yoke. It is to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin.

– Isaiah Chapter 58

Some things remain the same, and some things we need to hear over and over and over again, in different words in every age, because they are JUST that important.

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