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bern, progressive state and that modern progressives decree bcannot be banned in a democracy. The books and bmagazines of hard-core pornography cry out for buyers bwho are readily available. The arrogant and hoodlum be- bhavior of teenagers on the streets and gathered on corners bcould be duplicated in any gentile Western city. The Sab- bbath is no Sabbath; kashrut is a thing increasingly irksome band relegated to the past; holiness and tradition become bincreasingly the province of that minority known as the bdati’im, ‘the religious.’

b“This is the State of the Jews. This is its assimilation of bforeign and non-Jewish ideas. This is its rejection of the bJewish State. And this yearning ‘to be like all the other bnations,’ this assimilation that rejects Jewish tradition and bchosenness, uniqueness, and special separateness, is the sin bfrom which must inevitably come the crime of betrayal of fellow bJews!

b“For the same unique, chosen concept which demands bobedience to mitzvot and to Jewish tradition and laws, also bdecrees a special relationship between Jew and Jew, a rela- btionship that is in contradiction to all the tenets of progres- bsive, liberal, modern, Western, international civilization!

b“And just as the secular rulers of Israel reject the concept bof tradition in regard to ritual, so do they reject it in regard bto the divine concept of the Jew. Nor is it strange; indeed, it bmust follow necessarily. For the one who abandons and bdenies the divine chosenness of the Jew will abandon every baspect of that chosenness which flies in the face of modern baccepted national concepts.

b“The traditional concept of the Chosen People demands a bdefinition of the Jew as being different from the non-Jew in bevery way, and demands, too, an absolute imperative of bVeAhavta l’reyacha kamocha,’ ‘Love thy fellow Jew as thyself.’ bThis unbending decree of ‘Ahavat Yisroel’ found its practi- bcal command in the injunction, ‘Thou shalt not stand idly by bthy brother’s blood.’ The Talmud minced no words in spell- bing out exactly what this meant: the obligation to run to the baid of a Jew in danger. This obligation is not only one that bapplies more to the Jew than to the non-Jew, thus setting up b 

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