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Daniel Gordis to be CBI scholar-in-residence this week

SALVATORE CAPUTO | Assistant Managing Editor | Posted: Monday, November 3, 2014 3:26 pm

The concept of Jewish peoplehood animates Daniel Gordis’ writing – whether his books or columns for media outlets as diverse as Jerusalem Post and Bloomberg View.

“I think that I was lucky enough to grow up in a community and with parents who really did teach us the value of belonging to something larger than ourselves, and I think we live in a world now in which – in many places, and parts of Israel to be sure but certainly a large swath of American Jewish life – religion is seen as being something about satisfying my own needs,” Gordis said. “In other words, I have spiritual needs, I have spiritual questions, Judaism’s obligation or Judaism’s purpose is to comfort me, to inspire me, whatever. It’s not about what I owe, and I think that the notion of Jewish peoplehood is not about what’s owed to me but what I owe to something larger than myself.”

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