A Conversation About Tikkun Olam and Its Discontents
The question of why non-Orthodox American Jews tend to be disproportionately progressive politically has occupied the thoughts of intellectuals and pundits, both Jewish and Gentile, for decades.
During the interview, we explore Neumann’s thesis that, for non-Orthodox Jews, Leftism has supplanted religion under the guise of a not only exaggerated but wholly unjustifiable interpretation of the concept of tikkun olam — to the great detriment of Judaism, the Jewish people, and Israel.
Specifically, we touch on:
- Tikkun olam and its link to social justice, Leftism, and Kantian ethics.
- How tikkun olam became the predominant ethos of non-Orthodox Jewry in the US in a mere 40 year period — and its radical roots.
- The inextricable link between tikkun olam theology and the evolution of the Reform Jewish movement and its relation to the Social Gospel.
- The perversion of Jewish values and principles by those who have supplanted the religion with Leftism — based in a textually unsupported, fabricated concept of tikkun olam that Neumann systematically debunks.
- Why Neumann argues that “Jewish social justice effectively has no need for Jews qua Jews.”
- The correlation between tikkun olam ideology and anti-Zionism, in contrast to American Jewish Leftism’s historical affinity toward Israel.
- Why and how Israel in US politics has become effectively a one-party, Republican issue — and the conflicting trends of the growing Orthodox Jewish community and the declining non-Orthodox Jewish community.
- Why Jews have historically gravitated toward the political left.
You can listen to our conversation below: