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Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 11

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Freedom of Religion: Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 11

What is the proper interpretation of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause of the First Amendment? Did the founding fathers intend on creating a strict "separation of church and state"? Guest Expert: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan. (From “Messages”—Season 4, Episode 11)
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Anonymous May 8, 2018

The Rebbe says we do not live in a jungle, that there is a Master in charge, here on earth.
But satan and azazel exist too on earth - this is why one offering was for YHWH and one for azazel. One creates a jungle, the Other creates a garden here on earth.
Some live in a garden and look out on a jungle. Most live in a jungle and care not for a garden.
There is always positive and negative forces competing for our will in life. Reply

Annalyzer Blissfield, MI October 18, 2012

Purpose of government There seems to be a gaping hole in this entire discussion. One cannot address government funding of education without first addressing questions such as, what is the role of government? Who makes the decisions in government? Is taxing a moral issue? Who is responsible for education? In this video everyone is getting caught up in vying for tax dollars, why doesn't anyone ask if those funds should be there in the first place? And if you really want to make things interesting, what is religion? Could not secularism or atheism be considered religions? Reply

Roger Passman Gilberts, Illinois via October 16, 2012

The Banality of Evil and God Rabbi Kaplan argues that the Nazi totalitarian regime and the current Islamic Terrorist doesn't necessarily invoke God is plain nonsense. The Nazi regime, while irreligious was driven by 1500 years of Christian antisemitism and nearly 600 years of Calvinist Protestantism which also was highly antisemitic and believes in an exclusive idea of God to boot. The radical Islamist draws on religion and a belief in Allah married with a large degree of antisemitism is also guided by a radical belief in an exclusive God. It is truly amazing to me that this history would be dismissed so lightly in supporting public funding of religious schools. But, then, I live in the United States where we seem to see things quite differently. I no more want government funding Catholic, Protestant or Islamic schools than I would have the government fund Jewish Day Schools. The very idea is abhorrent to me. Reply

In each episode of this series, host, Michael Kigel, a panel of young students and a "special guest expert" discuss a clip of the Rebbe's public talks. Produced by Chabad of Toronto as "Messages -- Season 4."