Chosenness

Kiddish/Wine
Ba-rukh a-tah a-do-nai e-lo-he-nu me-lekh ha-o-lam bo-ray p'ri ha-ga-fen.
Blessed art thou, 0 Lord our God, King of the Universe, who createst the fruit of the vine.
(Drink the first cup of wine.)
Blessed art thou, 0 Lord our God, King of the Universe who makest a distinction between holy and holy: between the holiness of this festival and that of the Sabbath; between the holiness of light and the holiness of darkness; between the holiness of the Jewish people and the holiness of other peoples. Blessed art thou, 0 Lord, who hast made all peoples holy and hast commanded us, even against our will, to become a beacon for justice and freedom for them all.

Karpas/Parsley
(Take pieces of parsley or spring onion, dip them in vinegar or salt water, pass them around the table, and say:)
Ba-rukh a-tah a-do-nai e-lo-he-nu me-lekh ha-o-lam bo-ray p'ri ha-a-da-mah.
Blessed art thou, 0 Lord our God, King of the Universe, who createst the fruit of the earth.
(Everyone then eats this piece of parsley.)

Yachatz/Breaking Matzah
(Then, break the middle matzah in two and hide the larger piece somewhere in the house, for an afikoman. Uncover the matzah, take the egg and the lamb bone off the dish, lift up the dish, and say:)
Lo! This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry eat thereof; and all who are in need come and celebrate the Passover. OPEN DOOR. As our door is open, may not only the hungry come but also the spirit of the prophet Elijah, that we may tonight think wisely and feel deeply as we celebrate the Passover! For Elijah we set aside this cup of wine.

Jewish and Mormon Notions of Chosenness
internally directed -OR- externally directed

  • an internally directed notion of chosenness is a form of challenge to become better
  • not a higher privilege but a higher responsibility
  • an externally directed notion of chosenness is an assertion of superiority over others
  • the danger is to indulge ideas of moral/spiritual superiority

based on truth claims -OR- based on patterns of behavior
inclusive -OR- exclusive

Denominational Differences re: Chosenness Doctrine
* Conservative Movement
* Reform Movement
* Reconstructionist Movement

Jews and Mormons - Raphael Jospe
Contemporary Rivalry - Avi Beker
Chosenness and its Enemies - Jon Levenson
Wikipedia on Jews as a Chosen People
WikipediaTalk - Project on Progressive Judaism

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