Rabbi Leo Baeck's Essay on Judaism, 1922

The following is an excerpt from Rabbi Leo Baeck's essay on Judaism from  The Essence of Judaism, 1922.

By its mere existence Judaism is a never silent protest against the assumption of the multitude that force is superior to truth. So long as Judaism exists, nobody will be able to say that the soul of man has surrendered. Its very existence through the ages is proof that conviction cannot be mastered by numbers. Just because it was always a minority, Judaism has become a standard of measurement of the level of morality. How the Jewish community has been treated by the nations among which it has lived is always a measure of the extent to which right and justice have prevailed; for the measure of justice is always its application to the few. It requires religious courage to belong to a minority such as Judaism always has been and always will be; for many days will come and go before the messianic time arrives.

Judaism lies open for all to see. We acknowledge the treasures possessed by other religions, especially those sprung form our midst. He who holds religious conviction will respect the convictions of others.1


  • 1 : Leo Baeck, The Essence of Judaism, "The Right to be Different," 1922.

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