What is "identity"?
What is its relationship to history (the narrative of how it came to be)?
Does it require, or even imply, purpose (the narrative of why it came to be)?
Which core Jewish text do we treat as the First Cause of Jewish identity - the seed from which the rest grew?
- Lech L'cha?
- The Exodus?
- Settling the Land of Israel?
What distinguishes these stories from one another?
How does our answer influence how we relate to the Jewish collective?
How does our collective answer affect Jewish communal composition and conduct?