What the French apparently want is, to paraphrase Stalin, international law for one country. Ok. But don’t call it international. And don’t call it law.
The person who had the deepest insight into the nature of democratic society was Alexis de Tocqueville. (...)
"Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood (...)"
Tocqueville wrote these words in the 1830s, and there is a risk that this is what some European societies are becoming like today: all state, no society; all government, little or no community. Tocqueville was not a religious writer. He makes no reference to the Hebrew Bible. But the fear he has is precisely what the book of Exodus documents. When a central power – even when this is God Himself – does everything on behalf of the people, they remain in a state of arrested development. They complain instead of acting. They give way easily to despair. When the leader, in this case Moses, is missing, they do foolish things, none more so than making a golden calf.
There is only one solution: to make the people co-architects of their own destiny, to get them to build something together, to shape them into a team and show them that they are not helpless, that they are responsible and capable of collaborative action. Genesis begins with God creating the universe as a home for human beings. Exodus ends with human beings creating the Mishkan, as a ‘home’ for God.
Hence the basic principle of Judaism, that we are called on to become co-creators with God. And hence too the corollary: that leaders do not do the work on behalf of the people. They teach people how to do the work themselves. It is not what God does for us but what we do for God that allows us to reach dignity and responsibility-
- I am a volunteer in Jerusalem, Israel
In the past...
- I was a Student of Jewish Studies and History.
- I was volunteering several times in Israel with handicapped children and at the Yad Vashem Archives
- I was involved as Webmaster and IT assistant as well as member of the Student council at the HfJS Heidelberg
I am interested in...
- Israel and Judaism (Rational Judaism)
- Political Philosophy (Liberalism)
- Social Media and IT
I am here for...
- keeping in touch with family, friends and acquaintances
- getting to know new, interesting and inspiring people
- informing and assisting, learning from others
- Racers Vs Cops
- Empires and Allies
The long drive to freedom: From Nazi Germany to pre-state Israel - Jewis...
In 1933, the Schiff family embarked on a car journey from Hamburg to Haifa, and their father’s crazy idea saved them from the Nazis. Curt Sc
SHAPIRO: Obama White House, Media, Hamas Push New Blood Libel
The world has moved from ignoring kidnapped and murdered Jewish boys directly to blood libels. It wasn’t enough for the world to go silent a
Families of kidnapped teens eulogize sons at community funerals | The Ti...
Thousands gather for services day after missing youths’ bodies found; three to be buried side by side in Modiin
Peres secretly talks with 29 Arab foreign ministers
News: On giant screen, in front of packed crowd of Arab, Muslim politicians, including son of Saudi Arabian king, President Peres speaks abo
Frontalangriff auf die Demokratie: Bald verordnen die grünen Tugendtyran...
Was die Grünen derzeit machen, ist ein Angriff auf die individuelle Selbstbestimmung und die Demokratie: Jetzt fordern sie den „Veggie Day“.
Explorer Story: Alex Blaszczuk [through Google Glass]
Meet Alex Blaszczuk: Google Glass Explorer, law student, and owner of a 20lb cat. In the fall of 2011, a car accident en route to a celebrat
התבורי'ס-HELEK5-TAVORI'S-5ème PARTIE BY Yoel Benamou-שׁימי תבורי
התבורי'ס THE TAVORI'S -HELEK5 -5ème PARTIE BY Yoel Benamou-./01/2010 ELIRAN and SHANI - HELEK 5-חלק התבורי'ס בשידור בערוץ 24 .חלק 5 THE TAVO
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Geburtstagslied lustig :-)
Hi Leute. Wollte einer Kollegin per YouTube Video zum Geburtstag gratulieren. Leider musste ich feststellen (nach langem Suchen) dass mir ke
Ha'neshomo loch - Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach - הנשמה לך - רבי שלמה קרליבך
Ha'neshomo loch - Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach - הנשמה לך - רבי שלמה קרליבך Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rabbishlomoyoutube