"We are closer to G-d when we are asking the questions, than when we think we have the answers" Heschel

Monday, November 8, 2010

FNQ – 5 q's for the week


In honor of my new nephew, named Elkana (zealous for G-d), I would like to pose a few questions on the topic of zealousness. Those who act in a radical and zealous fashion are a constant source of fiery debate and discussion.  Their actions are endlessly challenged and questions regarding them are always provocative.  The past generation has seen its share of Jewish zealots and while no one in this world can know whether their actions were desirable or repulsive in G-d's eyes, I believe that their commitment to a cause and willingness to make sacrifices is laudable. Here are 5 questions about zealots. Come back later in the week for some thoughts on this subject.

  1. Is zealousness something we should all aspire to or is the kind of thing that is for some but not all?
  1. Pinchas is the Biblical example par excellence of a zealot. How is his reward of a covenant of peace fit for his zealous actions?
  1. Has our western sensibility taken away our ability to be zealous?
  1. If so is that a good thing? If not, where are all the zealots?
  1. Is there any litmus test to determine whether a zealot is in fact acting for the sake of heaven or not?
Binyamin - always looking for a good question

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