If We Are Only for Ourselves, Who are We?

“As women, we must stand up for
ourselves . . . We must stand up for each
other . . . We must stand up for justice for all.”—
Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States
Hillel says, “If I am not for myself, who will be for
me? But if I am only for myself, who am I” If not
now, when?” Ethics of rhe Fathers, 1:14
As we approach the November 2016 presidential
election, there are voices in our society fanning the
flames of exceptionalism and particularism.
Exceptionalism defines a group as unique in a way
that it often suggests it to be superior. In
particularism the group supports goals helpful to
itself without regard to the effect on others.
The quotes from Michelle Obama and Hillel the
Elder cited above reflect another view. As we
prepare ourselves to vote in November, let us
consider the wisdom of these individuals in guiding
our best reflection. It is so important in these
perilous times
Fondly submitted,
The Diversity Committee

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