Issue 5.5: The Other in Judaism

The Torah commands us, “ve-halakhta bi-derakhav” – “you shall walk in His ways,” and Rambam interprets this as a call to imitatio dei (imitating God). Elsewhere, he writes that God cannot be defined positively, but must instead be understood based on what He is not. It seems that Jews are apt to imitate God in this regard – we also define ourselves by what we are not. If there are Hassidim, there are Mitnaggedim, who are defined by opposition to Hassidut. If there are Zionists, there are anti-Zionists.