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Redefining #JewishPrivilege (Devarim 5780)

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Without getting into the online battles involving this loaded phrase, I would like to suggest an additional understanding of #JewishPrivilege, one that is rooted in the essence of Sefer Devarim, the Book of Deuteronomy, that we will begin reading this Shabbat. Although #JewishPrivilege is often bound up with our often painful history of persecution, something we are even more attuned to in the days leading up to Tisha b’Av, for me it is not its primary meaning. Rather, #JewishPrivilege is our responsibility as a people to always strive toward bettering the world, in the face of any challenges. #JewishPrivilege empowers us and obligates us, the guarantors of the future of the Jewish People, to write the next chapters of the Jewish People.

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