Reflections on Jewish Unity

Here are some thoughts, for better or for worse, on the struggle toward Jewish unity.  If the orthodox world has so much difficulty making peace with itself, how far away must be peace throughout the larger community?

 

The late Lubavitcher Rebbe once hosted Rav Joseph Soleveitchik and said that there, at his table, the neshomah (soul) of the Vilna Gaon and the neshomah of the Ba’al Shem Tov finally made peace after the tragic conflict that raged between the early Chassidim and their opponents.  Rav Soleveitchik replied that no, their neshomos made peace in Auschwitz.

 

May our generation make peace without, G-d forbid, such terrible impetus.

 

Jonathan Rosenblum on the Zurich Jewish community

http://www.cross-currents.com/archives/2008/07/23/turbulent-times-%e2%80%93-zurich-style/

Rav Emanuel Feldman on frum polarization

http://www.ou.org/index.php/jewish_action/article/10000/

Yours truly on the same

http://www.beyondbt.com/?p=573

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