Are we barbarians?

What has to be emphasized and taught in our schools and homes, and what must be preached by our rabbis, is the concept of human equality and the need for love and compassion.

February 11, 2016 18:04
Rabbinic writings

Rabbinic writings upheld the Torah’s principle that all humans are created in the Divine image. (photo credit: ILLUSTRATIVE: REUTERS)


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The investigation into the murders at Duma and the indictment of suspected perpetrators of this and other crimes have brought to the fore the problem of the existence of radical groups of fanatic Jews imbued with hatred of Arabs and of all non-Jews, to the extent of advocating indiscriminate violence and killing against them.

These extremists, however, are only the tip of the iceberg, reflecting racist attitudes that are found among much larger groups of Israeli Jews – attitudes that our school systems, religious and secular, have done too little to combat.


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