Comment: A famous German philosopher of the 19th century, Ludwig Feuerbach, wrote: “The Jews have maintained their peculiarity to this day. Their principle, their God, is the most practical principle in the world,—namely, egoism: and moreover egoism in the form of religion. Egoism is the God who will not let his servants come to shame. Egoism is essentially monotheistic, for it has only one, only self, as its end.” (The Essence of Christianity)
My Reply: This is an example of how one can understand the essence of the Jewish religion in quite the opposite way.
Question: That is, he saw monotheism specifically within the framework of egoism and self-love. Isn’t egoism a God among other nations? Everything is trivial. Egoism manifests itself everywhere: among both religious and secular.
Answer: The fact is that even now many Jews are assimilated in places in America and Europe. It is not the first generation that is dissolving among the nations of the world, and we do not even know whether they have Jews in their family. But people can guess it from certain signs in their behavior, from the way they communicate.
Although this person seems to be completely removed from Jewishness and there is no Jewish upbringing in his pedigree for several generations, still, if you look closely, you can see that he is a Jew. You can even tell whether he belongs to the Levites or Cohens.
You cannot escape this. It comes through in some habits and behaviors, although one may not even be aware of it. But people feel it.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel” 8/12/19