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The Individual and the Community, Not One at the Expense of the Other

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): David Kraemer

Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Ethics; Values; Jewish Text

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author discusses how the tension between valuing the individual and valuing the community becomes an eternal dialectic within the Jewish tradition, admitting no resolution, and confronts us with a continual ethical challenge.