To set the record straight Judaism is not modern day Zionism. While
modern day Zionism wishes to advance certain political and social
goals via the deification of the state, Judaism simply wishes to
observe the world and understand its nature and mechanics. Judaism
is a science and philosophy more than it is a religion or movement.
It is from here, from the honest understanding of the world which
Jewish philosophy seeks, that Judaism meets and grabs tightly to
ideals paralleling libertarianism.
So how does
Judaism as a philosophy respond to government intervention and the
ideal of freedom? Well perhaps we should begin a bit historically.
Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik in his work " The
Emergence of Ethical Man," describes Abraham as anarchic.
The divine imperative to Abraham of "leave from your land"
(Genesis 12:1), according to Rabbi Soloveitchik, was meant as a
removal from a conforming society, society that adores institution
for the sake of adoring institutions. The real ethical and charismatic
man according to Judaism is the freethinking, unimpressed, non-coerced
individual. Abraham left structured society to become a nomad and
what he left in secure asylum he gained in free and meaningful inquiry.
It could not be stated any better than how Rabbi Soloveitchik himself
says it, "The charismatic personality is a political and social
anarchist…he is not an ethical conformist who just subjects himself
to an external authority, which over powers and enslaves him"
(Emergence of Ethical Man pg. 156).
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