I often wonder why many religious groups don’t have more of an emphasis on social justice. And I often wonder why some religious groups seem so hateful. I once received a particularly vitriolic racist e-mail from somebody, and the signature line included that fish and a biblical phrase. So I sent back a four-letter e-mail: WWJD?
Anyway, that’s an overly long warm up for this link. It’s a rabbi writing about why Jews should not use the term “shv*rtza”:
Jews are called by the Torah to be a light unto the nations, and it is religious Jews in particular, who live lives openly committed to Jewish ritual and values, upon whom this responsibility first devolves. But what light is it that we impart when we use a term of vulgarity that betrays the Torah’s most sacred value, that there is only one God in heaven who created every human being in His likeness.
He lost me when he got to the part about Wright and Farrakhan, but oh well.