Magazine article Tikkun

The Decalogue as an ABC of Human Behavior

Magazine article Tikkun

The Decalogue as an ABC of Human Behavior

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The twenty-fifth anniversary of Tikkun coincides with another anniversary, a very sad one: fifteen years ago Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was murdered. I would therefore like to offer as my contribution to this twenty-fifth anniversary issue the text of a statement I made in Tel Aviv, right on the place where Rabin was murdered. My statement is part of a TV film on Judaism within my TV series on the World's Religions (1999).

HOW FAR MODERN JUDAISM STILL IS FROM THE middle way between a religionless secularism and a fanatical fundamentalism became evident in the middle of Tel Aviv, where the Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was murdered. Here Judaism should have contributed its whole tremendous religious and ethical legacy to this new world era. For there is hardly any other people which has something as substantial and striking to offer as Judaism with its Ten Commandments. As the German writer Thomas Mann explained after the terrors of National Socialism, these are the 'basic instruction and rock of respectable humanity," indeed the "ABC of human behavior."

And this "ABC of human behavior" must also be applied to global politics and global economics in a time of globalization.

Of course, global politics must recognize national intereststhe real divisions of power. But that does not mean that the political end hallows all means, that the political end also hallows political murder, treachery, even war.

And of course the global economy, too, has to recognize particular economic laws and consider the practicability of implementing all that it has to offer. …

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