Justine Wise Polier, “The Jewish Commitment.” _The Jewish Echo_, September 12, 1958
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By dint of our heritage, our faith, the intuitive and all but instinctive reaction of the Jew against injustice or the violation of human dignity, we are committed to the battle for human freedom — whether it is or is not good for the survival of the Jewish people.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Polier indicates that Jews have an “intuitive and all but instinctive reaction” to injustice in the world. Do you agree? Why might she believe this?

2. What does she mean when she says we are committed to human freedom, “whether it is or is not good for the survival of the Jewish people”? Do you agree?

For more information on Justine Wise Polier, see the Jewish Women’s Archive "Women of Valor" exhibit at http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/polier

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Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)