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Hillel to Orwell: Israel Distorts the Golden Rule

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It was recently reported that Israel plans to bring 2,000 Ethiopian Jews to the Jewish Homeland. This is both too little and too late and yet another demonstration of Israel’s failure to adhere to basic Jewish morality. I am only fifteen, but even I understand that.

How? In 4th grade I was taught a story that neatly summarized a core principle of Judaism. A convert sought to learn all of the precepts of Judaism “while standing on one foot”, i.e. in a very short period of time. After being chased away by other rabbis, he finally met Hillel, who was renowned for his patience. Hillel told the convert that the entire Torah can be logically deduced from the principle of “וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥ לְרֵעֲךָ֖ כָּמ֑וֹךָ,” love your neighbor as yourself. The centrality of this Jewish principle has been recognized by other religions and by philosophers.

Given the importance of this principle,I cannot understand why the Israeli government does not........

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