Mrs. Rivkah Slonim is the education director at the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life and a lecturer on Jewish Medical Ethics at Binghamton University. A self-described "Chassidic Feminist", she lectures internationally on the intersection of Jewish observance and contemporary life with a special focus on Jewish women. She is the editor of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology and Bread and Fire: Jewish Women Find G-d in the Everyday, an anthology on Jewish women’s spiritually.
Mrs. Slonim serves on the Editorial Board of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and is co-author of one of JLI’s most popular courses, Fascinating Facts.
The results are in! Do we pray for the success or downfall of our elected officials?
Professor Jonathan Sarna tells why and how, even if we didn’t vote for them.
Professor Sarna, noted historian, cites Rabbi Chanina, who lived during the harsh rulership of Rome, saying in Pirkei Avos, ” Pray for the ruling power even if they oppress us”; Ezra who lived under the Persians said “Pray for the life of the king and his sons”; and Jeremiah who lived in Bavel said ” Seek the peace of the city, for in its peace you shall have peace.”
The history of Judaism’s Prayer for the Government and the messages between the lines, sheds light on the fascinating and complex relationship we share with the people who rule us.