12 September 2011


The Chumash offers a revolutionary program for how to get liberated from an old, oppressive order. It presents one approach to the processes of social change. It offers a linking between God and the forces of social justice. It tells the story of members of the ruling class (be he or she Avram or Sarai or Yosef or Moshe) who adopt the perspective of a sacred Other Who would stand as a covenantal partner and Who wishes to defend the autonomy of the ordinary member of society. 
God, in this view, is the revolutionary-in-chief. 
The thing to do these days is to clarify the biblical teachings rather than to try to rouse the rabble and thereby to foment the autonomy and the revolution from the bottom up. 

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