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Choose, don’t settle

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29.07.2021

Have you ever gone into the voting booth, and felt like you were just choosing the lesser of two (or more) evils? If you can answer ’no’ to that question, then, I believe that you’re in the distinct minority. There have been very few times that I have voted with sublime confidence that I was really choosing the candidate best suited for the job. So many times, my favorite candidate either lost in the primaries or decided not to run at all. As author and pundit Gore Vidal famously quipped, ‘Any American who is prepared to run for President automatically, by definition, should be disqualified from ever doing so.’ Or, perhaps, Douglas Adams said it best, ‘It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, least suited to do it.’ Ergo, voting is very difficult. This conundrum seems to even bother God in this week’s Torah reading.

We have a very powerful verse describing the relation between God and future generations of the Jewish people: Yet it was to your fathers that the LORD was drawn in His love for them, so that He chose you, their lineal descendants, from among all peoples—as is now the case (Devaim 10:15). What is Moshe, through prophetic vision, telling us? The first word in the Hebrew is RAK (usually ‘only’).........

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