American and Jewish Values Are Intertwined
I was inspired and encouraged in reading Rabbi Ken Spiro’s recent article on the correlation of American and Jewish values. Encouraging to me—and I hope to you—at a time when textbooks in classrooms all over America are excluding so much of the richness of history that should serve as an inspiration to our next generation of leaders.
Rabbi Spiro notes that America was the first country to be created from its inception as a democracy. And further he notes: the Bible played a major role in that process.
He writes: “The American Puritans strongly identified with both the historical traditions and customs of the ancient Hebrews of the Old Testament. They viewed their immigration from England as a virtual re-enactment of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. To them, England was Egypt, the king was pharaoh, the Atlantic Ocean was the Red Sea, America was the land of Israel and the Indians were the ancient Canaanites. They were the new Israelites, entering into a new covenant with God in a new Promised Land. Thanksgiving—first celebrated in 1621, a year after the Mayflower landed—was initially conceived as a day parallel to the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. It was to be a day of fasting, introspection, and prayer.”
How amazing is the close bond between America and Israel—and how important is it that that bond remain strong?
We must protect the future of our children and pass to them the Judeo-Christian values on which our country was founded. PJTN is committed to that cause through our defined efforts to “ignite the torch” for a new generation of young people willing to stand for those values and for Israel. We will be soon announcing an exciting new internship program that I think you will find inspirational and for which we will need your prayerful support.
Your continued partnership and financial support will go a long way to make our biblical mission possible.
Shalom and blessings,
President/Proclaiming Justice to The Nations