January 20, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Rabbinical thoughts for inauguration day

Nationalism is not the same thing as patriotism. It is far more difficult to be a patriot, for it is the patriot's job to be on constant vigil lest the authentic values of his society be lost. The patriot must never be a rubberstamp constantly applauding the powers that be, but rather he must continually demand an even higher level of justice and compassion in society.
-- Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, letter printed in the Buenos Aires Herald, August 26, 1978. The author's name was withheld to protect his safety. Reprinted in You Are My Witness: The Living Words of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, St. Martin's Press, 2004. TrackBack
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