#on1ft Challenge: Tweeting Judaism

Friday, July 15
Twittersphere

When the great sage Hillel was asked to explain the essence of Judaism while a would-be convert “stood on one foot,” he answered:

What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole torah, all the rest is commentary. Now, go and study.


Now that is tweetable!

To mark the 5th anniversary of Twitter, and inspired by Joseph Telushkin’s Hillel, Nextbook Press challenges you to come up with your own 140chr essence of Judaism. Become a challenger by tweeting yours with the #on1ft hashtag. Follow @NextbookPress to stay in the loop.

We invited a few friends to kick the challenge off. Here are their #on1ft tweets:

@RobertPinsky: . . . and another thing . . . #on1ft

@DeborahLipstadtW/other Jews: B Menschim|Study Torah | Know/ Love/ Support Israel | Grind antisemites in2 the dust | B Jews despite not bc of antisemites #on1ft

@jewinthelotus1 #on1ft

Ruth Wisse: Yiddish master poet Aaron Zeitlin: Being a Jew means running forever to God…even after all the “evens.” #on1ft

Harold Kushner: Judaism:the most accessible and enjoyable way of becoming a fully realized human being in the image of God. #on1ft

Jonathan Sarna: The essence of Judaism is that it has no essence; it has commandments and boundaries and history. All the rest is commentary. Go & learn. #on1ft

David Lehman: Judaism is the religion of the chosen people, and we do feel chosen, though we’re never sure for what. #on1ft

Marjorie IngallTo paraphrase Lady Gaga, if she were Jewish: Don’t be a putz, Just be a mensch. #on1ft

See who else is tweeting

Upcoming Books

  • Menachem Begin by Daniel Gordis
  • The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem by Jeremy Dauber
  • Moses by Stephen J. Dubner
  • Birobijan by Masha Gessen
  • The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor
  • Show of Shows by David Margolick
  • Messianism by Leon Wieseltier
  • Mrs. Freud by Daphne Merkin