HUMANIST.

Author:Schweitzer, Rabbi Peter H.
Position:SHOULD JEWS AT THE SEDER ASK GOD TO SMITE OUR ENEMIES?
 
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Even the seder itself appears to be of two minds about whether we should ask the Deity to smite our enemies on our behalf. On the one hand, there is a tradition to ask God to "pour out [his] wrath and indignation upon the heathen who will not acknowledge him, who have devoured Jacob and laid waste to his dwelling." On the other hand, we have a cautionary piece of advice from elsewhere in the Haggadah: "If God had destroyed their idols, and had not smitten their first-born--dayenu, it would have been enough!" In other words, let's not be bloodthirsty.

Until the birth of the modern State of Israel, Jews were historically powerless and disenfranchised. We could only fantasize that God would pull off what we couldn't. As a secular humanist Jew, who does not believe in outsourcing jobs to God, however, I believe the onus today falls on our own shoulders to stand tall and oppose contemporary enemies and plagues. These might include...

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