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Some say we need more and bigger government, since we can't trust people anymore. But would government be more trustworthy?

Big Government or Big G-d

Big Government or Big G-d

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Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chanah Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
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September 20, 2010
what we teach our children
I guess for me, it's an issue what we teach our children, perhaps an un resolvable issue. Maybe my issue is that I am not only color blind but gender blind, and that I have an idea about love, about compassion, that I want children to learn, and not about separation, of them vs us, in all dimensions of humanity, as long as it is, humanity, meaning respect, caring and what we call love, but not the abuses of love and I think there can be some agreement about this.

What would a Messiah say about these issues, that seem to divide people into "them" vs "us"? I wonder.

We use the term Moshiach so often, especially lately, and I don't actually hear any confrontation of some rather deep issues about how the world would change, and how the "words" would change, because for me, there is something about love in all of this, that is missing when the education of ALL our children is not about this.

I don't worry. I comment, and in so doing, I think we're all doing this thing, called Midrash.
ruth housman
marshfield hills, ma
September 20, 2010
Stop worrying.
There is no issue here. If parents want to pay to send their kids to a school, where they are taught that homosexuality is immoral, this is their right. The issue of separation of religion only applies to publicly funded schools. The law of the land is to allow alternatives to public school.
Aaron Katz
NJ, USA
September 20, 2010
for Catherine
I have heard a lot of arguments against gay marriage, and as a therapist I have encountered happy children and happy parents who are responsible, who are gay. These people are often better parents than heterosexual parents, and as to rule, we change rules all the time. Rules are made to be broken as we grow, emotionally and towards compassionate ideas that have to do with each other and conduct and respect and reverence for each other on this planet. THAT is the learning curve for all of us.

The vilification of others, given that they too, exist under God, and that they too, are part of creation, is wrong.

You may not know this, but there are children born whose sex is ambiguous and there is a lot of sorrow about this and controversy, and there is actually a genetic anomaly in which girls become boys later in life. I know this because my husband is a geneticist.

God created us all, and God wants LOVE to be the guiding force. What is love? I think we do know it when we feel it.
ruth housman
marshfield hills, ma
September 19, 2010
To clarify, our government is officially a Republic and Not a Democracy. For a good explanation to our system see the youtube video: The American Form of Government.

Political Correctness (PC) is the direction Big Nanny-Police State Government is evolving into in America. The PC belief system is a religious ideology pretending to be a social political belief.

It is only a matter of time before those who advocate for big government with its PC message will charge that private religious schools are brainwashing children and not giving them a choice to choose their own values. As one example among many; it is only a matter of time before a future USG with its PC supporters demand that Orthodox Jewish schools stop teaching children that homosexuality is immoral.

If those PC supporters here with their agenda want to go ahead and call me a bigot, please do so as I find it a compliment from those who believe there are no universal standards and no laws of G-d.
Aharon Dovid
Portland, OR
May 8, 2010
Big Government or Big G-d
Democracy is a dangerous word meaning "rule by mob."

What we have is a republic; which is the governing of one's self.

The more people say "safer for democracy" it is actually making it safer for the "rule by mob"; where 51% of the people can take away the rights of the 49%.

So it would be wise to enforce our republican form of government; while it's still guaranteed by the federal constitution.

Thank you; I enjoy your web site, and it's helping me a lot.
Wayne B.
Manhattan, New York
March 1, 2010
Obviously there are people here that have hidden agendas themselves. Ruth and Aaron are either gay or someone they love is gay. In any event their arguement is prejudiced.
Anonymous
NJ, NJ
March 1, 2010
There are certain laws in this world that do exist Ruth, and whether you believe it or not, doesn't mean they don't exist. For instance, marriage between two people of the same sex cannot create children in a normal fashion. This is a fact. Children are entitled to a mother and father. They do not asked to be born. Whether homosexuals love each other is not the issue. The issue is that they want to be considered eqivalent to a hetosexual marriage. They cannot be, it is not the same. They should be considered equal under the law when it comes to inheritance, insurance and all things considered secular. However, in the text of changing the meaning of marriage to fit their agenda, which include equal status under the law for monetary issues, I cannot agree with them. If they are able to change the definition of marriage, be assured they next group of people who need to marry more than one person at a time, or marry relatives will be right behind them.
Catherine
NY, NY
February 28, 2010
thank you ruth
thank you ruth for articulating what i was not able to at the time. no need for me to add to it.
Aaron Katz
NJ, USA
February 26, 2010
passing judgment
You used these words: The Gay Agenda, which is a bigoted statement, and as to the "traditional definition of marriage" I believe that non traditional marriages are just as sacred as those you refer to, meaning, no doubt, between two heterosexuals. Your definition of sacred is Not Mine.

If you believe that God created us all, in diversity and that this story, this entire creation story, is about love, then I think your hatred of homosexuals is actually not a spiritual way of seeing the world. God created them too.

I know many totally loving couples who are gay and whose children respect and do adore them, because they are teaching them deep ethical and moral values, and one is, that in diversity, of all kinds, there can be love and mutual respect.

The Gay Agenda is a trigger word, as if there is one, and it's assuming something dark that's just not there. If you have a problem with gay people in this way, I think many would call this Bigotry.
ruth housman
marshfield hills, ma
February 25, 2010
Bigotry, Ignorance
The teaching of the Torah is not taught AT ALL in public schools. I know, I teach in a public school. No effort is put into teaching children morals or values.

I also taught in a Religious School, and the atmosphere is like the one Ruth describes how education should be. But they will not teach about promoting gay lifestyles, in a private religious school.

You are living in another dimension or time to think we will magically transform the human race in public school. The Gay Agenda is working hard toward destroying the traditional definition of marriage, and they begin by brainwashing children in public schools. Check into it before you and Aron label people.

In any event, you don't even know me and you are passing judgment. Who is really being bigoted here?
Catherine
NY, NY
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