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Monthly Archives: March, 2015

Dear Ted, Scott, Ben et al.,

March 26th, 2015 Posted by Susan's Musings 12 comments

I don’t know any of you very well, but I like what I do know of you all. Let me label you the ‘anti-establishment’ candidates even though some of you play nicely with your GOP peers. I mean this in the sense that Jeb Bush seems to be the establishment candidate and you are not him. I have one concern that I suspect you share. If more than one of you is on the primary ballot, you will split the Tea Party, Libertarian, Independent, right-leaning conservative Republican vote. Jeb will march triumphantly through the primary like the children of Israel going through the Red Sea, with opponents lined up to the right and to the left of him. 

I do not dislike Jeb Bush, but I think he is the wrong man for 2016, for reasons I hope to discuss in another Musing.  (I said the same thing about Mitt Romney.  Had people listened to me America and the world would be a safer, more prosperous and happier place today. What can you do? My application for dictator of the Republican Party keeps getting rejected.) The more there are of you competing for the nomination, the more likely it is that Jeb will be the Republican candidate for president. Even if Jeb is the best choice, it will be unfortunate and threaten his chances of winning the election if the perception among conseratives is that he ony won the primaries by having a lot of money and staying on the side while others quarreled.  

I have a solution. I was going to write ‘modest solution’ but I don’t actually believe that. In fact, I think it is rather brilliant though since I am not yet dictator feel free to tell me if you disagree.  Very soon, well before primary season begins, anyone vetted as a credible candidate to the right of Jeb Bush (maybe the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Thomas Sowell and a few other respected individuals and groups could choose the list) should sit down for a series of three roundtable discussions. These should be moderated, but I would avoid a severe debate format. Each of you should submit the three hardest individually directed questions you can ask your peers. I imagine there will be duplication so that this won’t be as cumbersome as it sounds. For example, every one in the roundtable will probably ask Ben Carson why he thinks he should be president despite having no government experience. 

In addition, certain questions should be posed to each of you, perhaps along the line of, “What past Secretary of State best represents the type of person you would want on your team and why.” “What immigration policy will you pursue?” It is vitally important that there be fact checkers at the event who will politely counter any data they dispute, giving a chance for each of you to further explain your statements. Each statement should be open to polite questioning, pushing all of you to speak in real words, not in slogans and canned statements. Absolutely, no demeaning of anyone should be tolerated.  

All of the above, I believe, should be available on the Internet. I think, however, that there should be another part that is private. I am working on the assumption that all of you love the United States of America more than you yearn to be president. Quite frankly, if you don’t, I’m not interested in you. Assuming you do, get together and come up with the best possible answers to the stupid attack questions you know you will face if you are the nominee. These are the questions the press routinely asks Republicans and conservatives that are designed to make them look like Neanderthal bigots. Work together so that whoever the candidate is, he or she has the best chance of actually winning the election. 

Finally, after you have spent time together, I would like each of you to independently and simultaneously answer one question whose answer would then become public. The question is, “Excluding yourself, which of your fellow roundtable participants do you see as best suited to becoming the Republican nominee and the next president?” Hopefully, after spending time together, evaluating each other’s ideas, articulation, charisma and integrity, you will have valuable insights. Ideally, you will reach a concensus as to who the best candidate is. On your honor, you would agree to no inside deals, politicking, etc. 

Mitt Romney lost a winnable election. America cannot afford for this to happen again. My hope would be that after this event, you all step back and agree to let one of you go against Jeb Bush and any other establishment candidates who choose to run. Allow Republicans to make a clear choice as to who should represent them. American soldiers regularly put their lives on the line for this country. I ask you to willingly sacrifice your ambition as this country teeters on the edge of disaster.

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I’m appalled at my local synagogue

March 26th, 2015 Posted by Ask the Rabbi No Comment yet

Question:

What do you say to a female rabbi and congregation in Huntsville, Alabama, allowing same sex marriage at the oldest synagogue in the State. I’m sure many Christians will no longer support that synagogue.

∼ Sharon B.

Answer:

Dear Sharon,

We’re not quite sure why you are asking us this question, unless you are very new to our site and know little about us. We are very much in favor of choosing to give both financial and non-financial support to people and organizations that represent our values. We believe that people should be educated and prudent stewards of their resources.

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Legacy: Your Money or Your Life

March 25th, 2015 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

The first three planks of the Communist Manifesto written by Marx and Engels in 1848 are: (1)  End private ownership of property; (2) Institute a heavy progressive income tax; and (3) End children inheriting their parents.

How did those two saboteurs of civilization come up with those three first steps to a socialist paradise?  Why not, for instance, (1) No more tall buildings; (2) Mandatory vacations; and (3) Beef for everyone on Wednesdays?

The reason that Marx and Engels made the three choices they did is because of how they answer the ultimate human question: “How did we get here?”  There are only two possible answers: (1) God created us.  (2) By a lengthy process of unaided materialistic evolution, lower level animals like cockroaches evolved into higher level animals like baboons and humans.

Marx and Engels start with an irrational rejection of God.  That leaves them with no choice but answer number two above.  The logical next step is that we humans are nothing but another species of animal.  Since no animals own property, neither should we.  Since no cows or sheep accumulate milk or wool but hand it all over to the farmer, so should we hand over all we accumulate to our farmers in centralized government.

Finally, since no animals retain a closer relationship with their own offspring than with any other animals, neither should we.  When someone dies, his possessions should benefit all children, not just his own. Communists dream of a one hundred percent ‘Estate Tax’ or as it is more appropriately called, ‘Death Tax’.

Those who decide differently on the ultimate question of how we got here correctly conclude that through the Bible, God clearly expresses His preference for everyone owning property.  Furthermore, a tax to a central authority of greater than ten percent is viewed as confiscatory. (I Samuel 8:15).

Finally, God could hardly be clearer that government has no role in the sacred transfer of property from parents to children that we call inheritance  (Numbers 27:6-11).  There is nothing virtuous or Biblical about the statements frequently made by super-successful individuals like Andrew Carnegie or Warren Buffett when they suggest that there is something wrong with dying wealthy.  There is nothing wrong with dying wealthy and bequeathing your children a legacy. On the contrary, that legacy is part of God’s plan for parent-child connectivity.

From interactions with audience members at the financial conferences I often address, I have learned that when they speak of “legacy” people mean both financial and spiritual.  Not only do we want to leave our children fiscal assets but we equally deeply desire to leave them a spiritual legacy.  We hope that the money they acquire from us after we join God will help them and their children live successfully.  We hope that the spiritual and ethical teachings that we leave them will play an even more significant role in helping them live successfully.

Nobody who gives the correct first answer to the ultimate human question will be surprised to hear that in the Lord’s language, Hebrew, Scripture uses the same two words to speak of financial (tangible) inheritance as it does to speak of spiritual inheritance.  The words are NaCHaLaH and YeRuSHaH. The latter is often transliterated as Jerushah, which was a popular and beautiful girl’s name in Colonial America.

 

…the Lord is his NaCHaLaH… (spiritual inheritance)

(Deuteronomy 10:9)

…to give you their land as a NaCHaLaH (tangible inheritance)

(Deuteronomy 4:38)

God commanded us the Torah as a YeRuSHaH (spiritual inheritance)

(Deuteronomy 33:4)

…and I will give it [the Land of Israel] to you as a YeRuSHaH…  (tangible inheritance)

(Exodus 6:8)

By demonstrating the strong link between a financial legacy and a spiritual legacy, the Bible is teaching us that spiritual strengths build financial strength and make you a wise steward of wealth.  Thus it makes sense to convey to your heirs, not only the financial result of your enterprises but also the spiritual principles that guided you in those enterprises.

In that way, you can reasonably expect your children to further build what you bequeath to them rather than dissipate it.  You can also expect them to continue using their money to support your values. Dissipating and squandering wealth or rejecting parents’ morals often happens in families that transfer assets without matching spiritual guidance.

Much of my life work has been collecting and condensing spiritual principles of money.  You might already possess Thou Shall Prosper and Business Secret of the Bible in your library.  However, now I am imploring you to acquire copies for each of your children. Inscribe the books and gift them to your children helping them understand the importance you place on the principles contained therein.  If there are young people not related to you but whom you mentor, I ask you to consider doing the same.  There are enormous financial challenges lying ahead and it is not too early to equip young people with the spiritual tools so vital for financial success.

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The Newest (Pretty Old) Path to Success

March 19th, 2015 Posted by Susan's Musings 4 comments

When a ‘groundbreaking’ study comes out that contradicts my values and beliefs, I view it with a healthy dose of skepticism. When a study comes out that presents a new idea that neither contradicts nor supports my worldview, I consider it, though my approach tends to be one that recognizes that lying with statistics and proving just about anything is easily done. At the same time, I confess to a feeling of satisfaction when the ‘latest, breaking news’ confirms something that I have been promoting all along. 

Hence, the feeling of gratification when Saturday’s Wall Street Journal presented this headline, “Why Children Need Chores: Doing household chores has many benefits—academically, emotionally and even professionally.”  As you can see from my youngest grandson’s incredulous look upon being told that infancy is no excuse for not participating in Passover cleaning, we take chores seriously in the Lapin household.  

 

 

Our motivation for our children doing chores was not so that they would achieve academic or professional success as adults. I don’t think that is the motivation of farm families whose children typically shoulder responsibility in a way that urban children don’t. Our children pitched in because that was the best way for our house to function and thrive. In the process, they became competent human beings and thrived as well. 

Furthermore, we know that God created us to be givers and not takers. When we are only takers, our souls corrode, leaving us moody and resentful. Few things fill us with as much exuberance as giving. This is one reason people have children. They allow to be givers in the most meaningful of ways. However, the danger is that some parents, with the most loving intentions, raise children who are only takers. Ensuring that we allow children to give to the welfare and smooth running of the family is vitally important.

We focus, today, too much on individualism. Not the individualism of Thoreau at Walden Pond, but an individualism that says that we are entitled to happiness, a high standard of living, self-actualization and anything else we desire at the expense of others. Either our family, the government or our employers should supply our needs and spouses and children should show up and disappear on demand. We are the centers of our universe and others exist to serve us. 

I don’t think that chores, as the article puts it, teach children directly to “care for others.” I think chores teach children that they are part of a greater community; one that stands or falls together. When our children were growing up we had a home full of fascinating guests, amazing summer vacations and a lot of fun. None of this would have been possible if we were each focused solely on our own pursuits, expecting to take from the family and not contribute to it. 

Chores shouldn’t stand by themselves as a “to do” item. Laundry, cooking, cleaning up are all a part of the flow of life, necessary things that must be done just as eating and paying the electric bill needs to be done. As I said above, It saps the human soul to constantly take and never to give. Children are by definition needy takers. As early as possible (all right, two months may be a tad premature) children should be given the privilege of contributing to the well-being of the family – not so that they can go to a good college or have a good career, but so that they can grow up healthy in body and soul.

 

 

Does everyone have a right to life?

March 19th, 2015 Posted by Ask the Rabbi No Comment yet

Question:

Dear Rabbi and Mrs. Lapin,
 
The Ten Commandments teach us that everyone has a right to exist because they were created by God. But what about the people in ISIS?
 
Do people have a right to exist when their only purpose is to make sure we cannot exist? 

∼ Pamela Peltonen

Answer:

Dear Pamela,

It sounds to us like you have listened to our audio CD, The Ten Commandments, which explains that these aren’t actually commandments, but rather five life principles with two examples of each principle. The general principle is on the right side of the two tablets and the application of the principle lies on the left side of the two tablets.

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Change Jobs – Become a Futurist

March 17th, 2015 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

In case you are contemplating a career change, I want to suggest becoming a ‘futurist’ (i.e. a secular prophet).  It is not as hard as it may seem.  You boldly announce provocative predictions.  If they subsequently come to pass, you triumphantly proclaim your prescience.  If they don’t, you make new predictions.

Consider one of the country’s most respected ‘futurists’, Professor Paul Ehrlich who teaches in the Biological Sciences department at one of America’s most illustrious universities, Stanford.  In 1968 he wrote The Population Bomb which opened with this sentence-

“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. 

In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death…”

 Note that he didn’t say that overpopulation could become a problem one day.  He didn’t say that feeding the world’s growing population could become a challenge.  He said explicitly that during the 1970s hundreds of millions of people would starve to death.  As we all know, that didn’t happen.  He wasn’t even close.  He also predicted that by 1980 all animal life in the planet’s oceans would be extinct and that by the year 2000, England will have ceased to exist.  He is still a highly paid and respected professor at Stanford.  Would you want this man teaching biological science to your child in exchange for your tuition payment of $60,000?

Writing Future Shock in 1970, Alvin Toffler predicted underwater cities, the doubling of the planet’s population in ten years, and the proliferation of wear-once-and-throw-away clothing made of paper.  However, he also predicted the growing popularity of home-schooling and the decline in manufacturing jobs so his score is much better than that of Ehrlich.  Nonetheless, the score is irrelevant, go ahead and become a ‘futurist’.  You have nothing to lose.  In fact, with the helpful tip I am going to provide you, your score will easily exceed that of the two ‘futurists’ I have written about above.

That said, it is important to distinguish between ‘futurists’ and professionals who know their own fields so well that they can spot the gentle ripples that herald approaching events.

Fifty years ago, in April 1965, Gordon Moore predicted home computers, electronic wrist watches, and portable telephones.  All these and more would become possible, he argued, because the number of components that were being crammed onto integrated circuits or ‘chips’ was going to double every couple of years.  Now, Gordon Moore was not a professional prognosticator.  No, he was not a ‘futurist’ he was an entrepreneur.  He was the co-founder of Intel, perhaps the world’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer.  And all his predictions have indeed come true because he didn’t try and predict the weather or social demographics.  He confined his vision to the process and consequence of raising the value of sand (silicon dioxide) by melting it and blending it with other elements.  In other words, manufacturing semiconductors.

In the Lord’s language, Hebrew, the word for sand is CHoL.  Exactly the same word also means non-holy, or without God.

חל           חל

CHoL          CHoL

sand         secular

If you’re a regular Thought Tool reader, you know by now that uniquely in Hebrew, if one word has two meanings, the deep reality of that word can only be fully comprehended by somehow blending the two meanings.

So, we should explore why CHoL means both secular and sand.  Fortunately we possess a clue in that the Hebrew word for rock, TZUR usually means God. Here follows one of the more than twenty-five examples of this just in the Book of Psalms.

The Lord is my rock….

(Psalms 18:3) 

Just like God, an unshakable, immovable, reliable mass upon which you can even build a skyscraper is a rock.  The quality of sand is the opposite.  Sand is always blowing around in the wind.  It is without solid substance and cannot be built upon or relied upon, exactly the qualities of secularism.  Secular fads blow in the wind; it would be sheer folly to build anything upon any secular fad.

This makes it far easier to understand the verse:

The start of all wisdom is fear of the Lord….

(Psalms 111:10)

Trying to understand how the world really works while remaining sublimely oblivious to something as central and as important as God is impossible.  For a ‘futurist’ to try predictions without any awareness of God and the spiritual dimension is as far-fetched as for a baker to try making a cake without any awareness of ovens and how they work.

So if you want to become a futurist, albeit one with a slightly better track record than Ehrlich and Toffler, keep God and spirituality in mind.  I’m sure you’ve read about how the so-called Millennials, people in their thirties who came of age at the turn of the century, have unusual employment expectations.  Unlike their parents’ generation, they are driven less by money and more by other more spiritual considerations such as meaning and purpose in the world.  Neither we nor the world in which we live and function are entirely material and physical.  The spiritual dimension is real.  You need to understand it even if for no other reason than the majority of the people with whom you interact, try to live in harmony with God and His spiritual realities.

Second and more importantly, try and practice your futurism in an area you know well.  When my expert German mechanic tell me that my car’s water pump is going to die within the next few hundred miles, he is invariably correct.  Occasionally he tells me who will win the next election.  In this he invariably turns out to be wrong.

Perhaps my most effective resource for absorbing the relevance and impact of the spiritual side of life is my book Buried Treasure: Life Lessons from the Lord’s Language.  I would enjoy knowing that you have this in your library and are able to apply its lessons to the many family and business circumstances in which you need to peer into the future a bit.

Amazon, Apple, and DNA

March 12th, 2015 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

Internet giant, Amazon, is famous for its frugality. This means cheap desks cobbled together from wooden doors and scraps of lumber. It also means main cabin air travel, even for senior executives, on long flights.  This corporate parsimony didn’t suddenly appear from nowhere.  Although he was already a senior vice president at a successful hedge fund, Jeff Bezos and his wife borrowed a car and drove themselves to Seattle to start Amazon in a garage.

Apple products are cool.  Even people who don’t know the term ‘cool’ can best grasp its meaning by strolling through an Apple store.  Even the Apple store is cool.  Mall operators vie with one another to win an Apple store because it generates so much foot traffic.  Though he was a far more talented electronic designer, Steve Wozniak left Apple after losing out to the ever-cool Steve Jobs, despite owning most of Apple’s early patents.  The corporate cool of Apple didn’t suddenly appear from nowhere.  Jobs beamed out cool from the earliest days in Cupertino.

Did Bezos driving an old car cross-country in 1994 or Steve Jobs wearing his black turtleneck sweater in 1976 set the pattern for the future?  It is hard to be sure but it certainly seems probable. Whether you are starting a family or a factory it is worthwhile sparing some thought to what ideas will be implanted in the cultural DNA of your venture.  Whether you are acquiring a business or a mate, probe early history for hints of the cultural DNA that might have been implanted that will show up years later.   

We see this in Scripture.  It is all but impossible to grasp fully the purpose, impact, and destiny of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem without knowing anything of its early-stage cultural DNA.  When its construction is detailed in the First Book of Kings, we see an incongruous reference. Instead of dating commencement of building to the king’s reign, as would be expected, the first reference is to an apparently unlinked event nearly 500 years earlier:

And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomons reignhe began to build the house of the Lord.
(I Kings 6:1)

Then we find an iconic phrase, Machon LeShivtecha—a place of your dwelling—appearing four times, almost like a recurring motif. (I Kings 8:13, 39, 43, 49)  It is impossible to read this special phrase in Kings without being transported back to Exodus when the phrase first makes its appearance in the song that the Children of Israel sing after their triumphant crossing of the Red Sea.

A place of your dwelling
(Exodus 15:17)

This wording suggests that the Exodus that occurred a week earlier will only find its ultimate fulfillment in the erection of a place for God to dwell in half a millennium later.  This comes as no surprise to us because Moses repeatedly assured Pharaoh that the purpose of Israel’s leaving Egypt was to worship God. 

Lest we be left in any doubt that the cultural DNA of Solomon’s Temple is rooted in the Exodus from Egypt 500 years earlier, we find explicit reference to the Exodus no fewer than six times during the detailing of the Temple in the eighth chapter of the Book of Kings.

What is the connection between the Jerusalem Temple and the Egyptian experience? Before you can commit to serving God, you have to viscerally understand that only such service can liberate one from the tyranny of having to serve man.  After years of  Egyptian slavery, the Israelites comprehended how preferable it is to serve a loving  God rather than a human tyrant.  Thus, it in order to understand completely the Temple that Solomon built, we need to study the lines linking it to the Egypt experience which was part of its cultural DNA.  These lines serve as an excellent reminder of how important it is to explore the cultural DNA of a person or organization’s past in order to understand its present and future.

I am quite certain that this kind of Biblically-based insight can strengthen each of us and make all our undertakings far more effective.  For more practical insights from the Exodus,  I ask you to go ahead, right now while the thought is still fresh, and order our audio CD, Let Me Go: How to Overcome Life’s Challenges and Escape Your Own Egypt.

Unexceptionally Wonderful

March 12th, 2015 Posted by Susan's Musings 13 comments

Did you read about the fraternity members who spent the day taking physically handicapped children to an amusement park? I didn’t either. But we both read about the fraternity members (subsequently expelled) who chanted racist comments at the University of Oklahoma. I don’t even know that the first event I mentioned happened, but I’m willing to bet it has. I do know that hundreds of thousands of people spend hundred of thousands of hours doing acts of kindness, and yes, sometimes those good-doers are members of fraternities. I do know that millions of people go to work, come home, pay their bills, support charities and love their families – each and every day. None of these ‘unexceptional’ stories make the paper. 

I’m not ranting against newspapers. There’s a good reason that even responsible media mentions the Boston Marathon bomber more than they mention a Boston Marathon runner; talks about a member of Congress found taking a bribe more than about a member of Congress who carefully keeps track of his personal expenses; and runs stories about the mom who kills her child and not the millions of moms who read their kids bedtime stories. Similarly, a beautiful day on the beach isn’t newsworthy, but let a tsunami hit that beach and tragic pictures will be shown endlessly. 

Daily acts of good aren’t newsworthy, for which I am thankful. Only in a totally corrupt and evil society would most people’s proper behavior make headlines. At the same time, harping on the bad easily convinces us that the world is an awful place. I plead guilty with my Musings of doing the same. I vent my frustration at politicians, get upset at some foolish trends and fret about the future. 

I think that knowing what is going on in the world, even if it upsetting, is important. At the same time, however, it is even more important to constantly remind ourselves of the good in our lives. Corrie ten Boom, one of my heroines, said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” It is harder to worry when counting your blessings.  

So, for today, here are five non-newsworthy things that blessed my life this past week. The fact that I am not overwhelmed by these gifts only shows how very blessed I am. 

  1. 4 Wheel Drive: I don’t actually understand what this is, but I do know that on Purim day we were able to gather with 27 members of our family because my husband and son-in-law had vehicles that could ferry everyone back and forth despite blizzard conditions.
  2. Books: When we moved last year we donated and discarded hundreds of books. That still leaves thousands that made the move. Just looking at them on the shelf gives me a thrill.
  3. Infant Grandbabies: These are the most amazing creatures. They are peaceful and cuddly miracles, and then the minute they aren’t – and all through the night – they have parents who are responsible for them. 
  4. Like-minded people: There are those that I know personally, those whose articles I read, those who write to my husband and me and more with whom I have no contact. It would be a lonely world indeed if I couldn’t find anyone whose thoughts complemented my own.
  5. Light bulbs: I’m actually aware of these because I think we got a bad batch and our bulbs have been burning out at a prodigious rate. Do you have any idea for how long people lived without being able to access light by flicking a switch? 

What are your five non-newsworthy gifts this week? 

One of God’s incredible gifts to mankind is the Exodus from Egypt. It shows us that our lives can change – today’s terrible events don’t  have to last forever. Let Me Go: How to Overcome Life’s Challenges and Escape Your Own Egypt shows how to use three insights from the Exodus to transform your own life. 

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Should religious people steer clear of politics?

March 12th, 2015 Posted by Ask the Rabbi No Comment yet

Question:

Should religious people be involved in politics? Isn’t it better to stay above activities that are so sordid and filled with corruption?

∼ Mitch R.

Answer:

Dear Mitch,

Ancient Jewish wisdom puts a lot of emphasis on the damage we can do with our ability to speak. We can hurt people badly, destroy livelihoods, damage communities and more by misusing the gift of speech. When you think about it, you might come to the conclusion that we’d be better off moving to a remote cabin in an unknown region where there would be no one with whom to speak. Wrong! We are encouraged to interact with others and try our best to use speech wisely.

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Seeking Esther

March 5th, 2015 Posted by Susan's Musings 12 comments

Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is being analyzed by friends and foes of his, by friends and foes of Israel, by Israelis who care both about the threat of Iran and their own upcoming elections and by Jews and non-Jews around the world. Did it help Israel/America/the world or did it hurt? I’ll leave political scrutiny to others. 

As for myself, his speech had one glaring omission. He commented on the face of Moses which looks down upon Congress. He mentioned Purim, the Feast of Esther that would begin about 30 hours after his speech. He quoted from the Bible and referenced the original return to Israel of the Jewish people after forty years in the desert.

Yet, other than a perfunctory ending of, “God bless,” he left out God. One thing determines whether Jews celebrating Purim (the Feast of Esther) are observing an ethnic festival or a religious holiday. Is it a Jewish version of Mardi Gras or a day as important as Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)? The answer to that question depends on whether you see God in the picture or you don’t. Esther fasted and prayed for three days before approching the king, as did the whole nation per her request. She wasn’t counting on her own brilliance or beauty; she was presenting herself as a vessel through which God could work.  She did not shirk her responsibility but neither did she imagine that salvation was in her hands.

Binyamin Netanyahu spoke passionately and well before Congress. He told facts that needed to be publicly aired. The reception he received, the applause and standing ovations represent a true love of Israel and the Jewish people by most Americans. At the same time, I admit to an uncomfortable chill when I hear the phrase, “Never again,” referring to humans not allowing another Holocaust. There is much that humans need to do and, tragically, too many people today, both Jewish and non-Jewish, are not standing up to the challenges of our time. However, no matter what we do, no matter how strong our military, no matter how advanced our technology, we need to deeply believe and modify our behavior in accordance with, the additional words, “God willing,” iin order to act as descendants of Moses and Esther. May God deliver us from evil today as He did long ago in Persia, reaffirming the blessing we say before reading the Book of Esther, “in those days as at this time.”

 

To explore prophecies hidden in the Book of Esther listen to Clash of Destiny: Exploring the Secrets of Israel and Islam.

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