The Ethics of Jewish Power

92nd Street Y, New York, NY

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg discusses the ethical prerequisites and implications of Jewish political and military power in Israel. Greenberg argues that, after the Holocaust, it is essential for the Jewish people to take and maintain power. Non-violent resistance, he contends, is ineffective when there is a “one sided concentration of power on the side of the murderers.” He argues that the existence and preservation of Israel represents “a revolt against passivity.” Greenberg also comments on the risks, challenges, responsibilities, and moral considerations of political power and influence.