25 Sivan 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
God must not be our top priority, says Orthodox rabbinical revolutionary
Putting God Second.” The very title of Donniel Hartman’s new book sounds sacrilegious, heretical, an assault on the Divine and on faith in the Divine.
But of course, it can’t possibly be that, can it? It’s written, after all, by an Orthodox rabbi. By the president of Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute, an educational powerhouse dedicated to invigorating Judaism.
The first thing that comes to mind, of course, is the Binding of Yitzchak. Avraham Avinu was found worthy to become the root soul of the Jewish People because he did not withhold even his beloved son Yitzchak from God. But, "Orthodox" kefirah has an answer to that, too.
"I am of the opinion that Abraham, by being prepared to do so, to execute his son, failed the test. I think that the reading of the binding of Isaac should be different from the conventional approach as some Hasidic texts indeed seem to suggest." (Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo)
Our relationship with Hashem is the Primary Relationship. Before anything else was, it was us and Hashem and at the very end, when nothing else is, it's still just us and Hashem.
This is why I call myself a Torah Jew and not an Orthodox Jew. So-called "Open-Orthodoxy" has made the term meaningless. And I hate to say it, but as soon as there became a "Modern Orthodoxy", it was only a matter of time.