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Monday, July 21, 2014

There is a trend amongst all biblical commentators in the Jewish world to view the biblical description of past events that occurred to our ancestors from the time of Abraham through the beginning of Second Temple times as being not only a description of past events but to also subtly indicate the course of all events that would befall the Jewish people. This type of idea perhaps helps us to understand why the Torah goes into such detail in the naming all of the way stops of the Jewish people during their forty-year sojourn in the Sinai Desert. The Torah indicates to us that the Jewish people were and are a wandering and traveling group. Even though the commentators point out to us...

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IMPERFECT DEMOCRACY

Monday, July 21, 2014

Winston Churchill once famously said that “democracy is a terrible system of government but it is better than any other system.” The irony of that statement has been borne out by the past events of this last century and by current events. It is true that Hitler ruled as a megalomaniac dictator. However, his rise to power was by democratic means and through electoral success. Once in power, he naturally did away with the nuisance of elections. But if it were not for the Nazi party’s success in the German elections in the years immediately preceding his ascension to becoming the Chancellor of Germany, he never would have been able to achieve that office. We are currently...

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