* What would the prophets say about our
society today? about Judaism in our time?
about our Synagogue activities?
* Why so few dreams of a better world based
on the application of Jewish values?
* Are we segregating God In our synagogues?
If God is sanctified by justice and righteousness,
why are we so complacent in the face of
an unredeemed, immoral and unjust world?
* Are we taking Jewish ethical Ideals and
prophetic teachings seriously enough?
* If "to save one life
Is to save an entire world", should we
be more involved in efforts to reduce threats
to life from disease, hunger, poverty, and
* If we are Implored "justice, justice,
shall you pursue" and "let justice
well up as waters and righteousness as a
mighty stream," should we be more involved
in reducing threats from poverty, corruption
at all levels of government, and corporate
malpractice that affects our health and
* If all people are created In God's image
and we all have one Father, are we doing
enough to reduce bigotry?
* Are we defining Jewish commitment too
narrowly, In terms of adherence to ritual
only? Shouldn't Jewish commitment also include
sensitivity to moral and ethical values
and social Idealism? Have we forgotten amidst
our many study groups that it Is not study
that Is the chief thing but action.
* Are we too complacent In the face of
the spiritual suicide of so many American
* Have we forgotten who we are and what
we stand for and Whom we represent? Have
we forgotten our roles: to be a chosen people,
a light unto the nations, a holy people,
descendents of the prophets, (the greatest
champions of social justice).
* If Jews really put our splendid tradition
into practice, can you imagine how much
better our world would be?
I conclude these questions with
a statement that the late Senator Robert Kennedy
"Some see things as they
are and ask why,
I dream of things that have never been and
ask why not?"