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broots and beginnings were in assimilated, non-Jewish con- bcepts, JDL was to be a uniquely Jewish movement.

bMost important, unlike the other Jewish groups, which bwere pragmatic and not ideological organizations, JDL was bto be more, much more. It was the creation, not of an borganization or a movement, but of an idea—the original bJewish idea that had been warped by the Exile and cor- brupted by the Emancipation. It was the reaffirmation of the boriginal religio-nation with its proud exclusive way and des- btiny. Here is what JDL had to say to the American Jew:

b“The Jewish people is a religious nation that came into bbeing at Sinai. It is a special people with a special heritage band teaching whose destiny is to live in and to create within bthe Land of Israel a society of holiness and greatness that bwill be an inspiration and example to the world.”

1. AHAVAT YISROEL

bAhavat Yisroel—Love of Jewry. The Jewish people, bwherever they may be; each Jewish individual, wherever bhe is, whatever his belief, whatever his place of residence, bwhatever the color of his skin, whatever language he btemporarily speaks; all Jews are part of the great body, bIsrael. We are all brothers, we are all sisters, and the love of a bbrother to a brother and to a sister is the love of one Jew to banother. This is the first of the principles of the Jewish bDefense League movement.

b“The pain of a Jew, wherever he may be, is our pain. The bjoy of a Jew, wherever he may be, is our joy. We are commit- bted to going to the aid of a Jew who is in need without bdistinction, without asking what kind of Jew he is. As the bgreat Hassidic teachers would never tire of emphasizing the boneness and equality of all Jews, so do we embrace, with bdeepest love, all Jews and pledge at all times to come to their baid.

b“Is this not the essence of the Jewish tradition which bquotes the Almighty Himself, as stating: ‘My children, what bdo I ask of you? I ask only that you love one another and brespect one another’ (Tana Dvei Eliyahu).

b“We do more, however, than pay lip service to the concept b 

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