Jews & Globalization

Jews (not surprisingly) fall on different sides of the issue, but Jews and Israel have also been the target of anti-globalization anger.

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But put aside all labels, and the Jewish criticism of globalization comes down to a few essential points: The God of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob, Rachel, and Leah frowns upon selfishness, indulgence, and exploitation. Additionally, Jews are not to surrender their identity as a people as defined by their Judaism and relationship to the Land of Israel. To the degree that it encourages the former and discourages the latter, globalization runs afoul of the tradition and its subversiveness is suspect.

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Ira Rifkin

Ira Rifkin is a national correspondent for Religion News Service based in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization: Making Sense of Economic and Cultural Upheaval.