1. Because the "first Jew" of our mythical history, Abraham, is identified as an idol-smasher.

2. Because that idol-smasher even argued with "G-d" about the injustice of collective punishment.

3. Because the fundamental story of the entire Jewish tradition is about human liberation from slavery.

4. Because Jacob had to be humbled and lamed before he could be renamed Israel and become a mench.

5. Because every member of the community had to stand at Sinai to receive the Torah.

6. Because in the Jubilee Year, each half-century, debts are annulled and land is restored.

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Source: Adapted from Lawrence Bush