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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Basic assumptions.”

Jewish society, in its very basic assumptions, is built upon a hierarchy.

Communist biologist J. B. S. Haldane described in his book, The Inequality of Man, the notion that the inequality of man is still a basic aspect of Judaism.

We have different levels for Kohanim, Levi’im, Yisra’elim, for men and women, for scholars and ignoramuses, and so on.

Therefore, if you live in a society that claims that there are no differences, that everything is equal, you have to make a choice between the assumptions of that society and those of Judaism.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz