A Religious Culture

“Judaism contains a distinctive and highly articulated vision of society, but it is not one that can be translated into conventional political categories. Its emphasis on community, compassion and social justice led one generation to identify Judaism with socialism. Its equally strong insistence on individual responsibility led another generation to identify it with the New Right and the minimalist state. But Judaism is not the one nor the other but a religious culture that encompasses both.”

The Persistence of Faith, p. 13