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

Publication Date: July 2009

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

Author(s): David Kraemer

Research Area: Culture and religion

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.