It’s July 4th!



And you shall teach them ordinances and laws, and shall show them the way where they must walk, and the work that they must do.

And you shall choose out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens;

And let them judge the people at all seasons; and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge; so it shall be easier for yourself, and they shall bear the burden with you.

If you shall do this thing, and God command you so, then you shall be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

Exodus 18: 20-23.

Though from time to time each of us undoubtedly will disagree with a law or ordinance, or with ruling of a judge from one of the many levels of our state and federal judicial systems, may we continue as individuals and as a nation to respect the Rule of Law, so that we may live with relative peace within our borders and so that our country may long endure.

With heartfelt thanks to all the men and women who have protected, served, and defended our country, both on foreign soil and here at home.

shabbat shalom, jen


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