When President George W. Bush nominated Michael B. Mukasey to be the 81st Attorney General of the United States, it was not a responsibility that the Orthodox Mukasey took lightly. How was Mukasey, as attorney general and as a federal judge before that, shaped by his deeply held Jewish beliefs and ideas?Watch
By Yanki Tauber One thing I’ve come to realize is that many of us have an innate, enduring loyalty to our preconceptions. We’ll stick…Read More
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.Watch
By Yanki Tauber Were Adam and Eve Jewish? The reason I ask is that the Jewish calendar seems to be exclusively about Jewish history…Read More