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THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Historians over the past few centuries have been heavily influenced by a Marxist view of the world and of human events. In this understanding of the past, present and future, great external forces such as the competition of the classes, stages of economic development and powerful historical and sociological forces somehow determine human behavior and explain human history as well as current events. These theories have, in effect, turned human history on its head. No longer can or should the individual count for much since it is these outside, inexorable forces that are pushing all of us along, whether we wish it or not. The eventual result of such beliefs and theories is that...

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KI TAVO

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saying thank you is one of the basic courtesies of human interaction. Though elementary and straightforward, it is often forgotten or neglected. In saying thank you, we are acknowledging that we are dependent upon the goodness and consideration of others and that we are not completely in control over events and even of our own decisions in life. In traditional homes, both Jewish and general, some of the first words that children are taught are “thank you,” “please” and “ may I.” In fact, these words are the building blocks of civilized behavior and of being able to get along peacefully and gently in this world. But because of our egotististical nature, as children and later...

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