What’s So Bad About Excommunication?

Spinoza, Excommunicated, by Samuel Hirszenberg (1907)

Much of Jewish political discourse is managed by a leadership that is commonly and unfortunately focused and obsessed on superficial characterizations and personalities at the expense of policies and communal priorities. This dysfunction in our political discourse, primarily as it relates to Israel and Zionism, has led to attempts at ostracizing and outcasting not unlike the traditional rabbinic cherem, or communal…