No conversation ensued.
Perhaps here it might?
In honor of Lag Ba'Omer I thought I would post a question that I hope
will lead to a new thread of conversation on MJ: What is Kedusha?
This is certainly a critical question for us, especially at this time
of year, as at Mt. Sinai we were charged to be "Mamleches Kohanim
v'Goy Kadosh", a "Nation of Priests, a Holy Nation", so this is our
destiny - we better know what it is! Kedusha is a recurring theme in
the Torah and Chazal, and I wager to say that it is the pinnacle of
Jewish aspiration and achievement.
Preliminary comments: In my line of work I speak a lot, and I like to
speak on this topic. I find often that even Orthodox Jews take a very
reductionist viewpoint on Kedusha, i.e., it is a status of separation
and mission. Many audiences become uncomfortable when I explain that
in my understanding our status as the Chosen People imparts us a
uniquely elevated and special status, with more sacred neshamos and a
vastly different - and superior - role versus the Gentiles in
determining the destiny of the Universe. Indeed, many people are not
enthused when I invoke the Ramban and Reb Chaim Volozhiner to explain
how a mitzvah impacts mystically on both the character and sanctity of
an individual, and, indeed that of the entire world.
I refrain for now from proposing my own expanded definition of
Kedusha. If this thread does develop I will be pleased, and certainly
eager to discuss same. And, if it doesn't, why bore everybody :-) ?