SHOULD BARUCH DE SPINOZA’S CHEREM BE REVERSED?
The Background: In 1952, David Ben-Gurion, in between terms as Israel’s prime minister, appealed to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to cancel the “cherem” (the religious banishment) on Spinoza. The Rabbinate rejected the appeal, arguing that they were not competent to overrule the wisdom of the rabbis who signed the original writ in Amsterdam on July 27, 1656. Theater J now turns to its own audience to ask, “if you had the power, would you move to reverse Spinoza’s excommunication?”
As of 6 pm, March 17, 2012, votes from theater-goers and online follows are:
5 NO POSITION TAKEN (BUT COMMENTS GIVEN)
2 split votes
Comment of the day:
“He’s better off without them!”
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