Jews: A Plea for Love Without Cause

Shortly before the six-day Arab-Israeli war in 1967, a well-meaning Christian friend asked Jewish Scholar Abraham J. Heschel why he was "so dreadfully upset." Heschel thought for a moment. Then he replied gently: "Imagine that in the entire world there remains one copy of the Bible, and suddenly I see a brutal hand seize this copy, the only one in the world, and prepare to cast it into the flames."

Both the question and the reply point up a central problem in the dialogue between Jews and the rest of the world: the meaning of Israel. To non-Jews, modern Israel...

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