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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Respect For Authority Is Not Respected

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, President of the inter-faith group Toward Tradition, discusses the need for respect for authority---a lesson of the Jewish holiday Shavuot which begins tonight. It is a holiday that celebrates the receipt of God's Bible by the Jews, what Lapin calls "the day God gave us Jews 613 rules to live by". What a drag! The holiday celebrates without gifts, feasts or other activities except a midnight to sun-up service that studies the Torah. The rabbi recognizes this is not a sexy holiday, especially for secularized Jews (like me).

His latest newsletter (sorry but no link available) discussion contains the following:

One of the main differences between a nation comfortable in its Judeo-Christian heritage and one struggling to reject it is how its people accept authority. Do they manufacture bumper stickers that proclaim "question authority!" or do they train children to obey parents, students to venerate teachers, husbands to revere their wives, and soldiers to follow their commanders?

The renegade is honored by our society with wealth and esteem. But there are millions of fatherless babies, families without fixtures of spirit and people who think morality can have alternatives that do nothing to better our world.

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