14 December 2015

DOING GOOD, MENDING THE WORLD says Rebecca Birk, a rabbi at the Finchley Progressive Synagogue,

“The Jewish imperative is very clear: it is about extending the hand, loving the stranger, always with the reinforcement that we know what it is like to be strangers. The Jewish identity is predicated on being a foreigner, relying on the kindness of strangers, it runs through our own theology really: doing good, mending the world. We talk of three pillars the world stands on — the Torah, divine service, and kind acts. It’s an anathema to be a Jew and only be concerned with oneself.”