It is common for people to be told, "Your problem is that you have a low self-image." Such statements usually lower a person's emotional state and make them feel worse about themselves.
It would be much wiser and kinder, and more beneficial, for people to say, "You have infinite value and worth. You already know you have strengths and inner resources. But you have even more strengths and resources that you are not yet fully aware of, and they will enhance your life as you become more aware of them. There are many more strengths and inner resources that you can gain and build up from now on. As you keep building your self-image, it will have a positive impact on all your future thoughts, words, and actions. You will be calmer, happier, and more self-confident."
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See the Mount of Olives in the background from the Jewish housing in East Jerusalem
Not An Inheritance By Rabbi Joshua Hoffman
As part of the preamble to Moshe's blessings to the nation before he died, he told them, "The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the assembly of Ya'akov (Devarim 33:9). Rabbeinu Bachya points out that the word for heritage – morasha – is distinct from the word for inheritance, yerusha. An inheritance is something that is passively received, while a heritage, a morasha, requires an active role in order to maintain it. He says that we find this term in one other place, in reference to Eretz Yisroel (Shemos 6:3). He connects the two by saying that we will retain Eretz Yisroel by adhering to the Torah, and will go into exile for not adhering to it. Although he does not cite the Mishna in Avos, we are taught that the Torah is not an inheritance, equating our relationship with Eretz Yisroel to our relationship with Torah. They both require dedicated effort to retain them. My teacher, Rav Aharon Soloveichik, zt"l, would often speak of this theme common to Torah and Eretz Yisroel. Rav Shlomo Goren, zt"l, in his Toras HaMikra, offers a different explanation. He demonstrates that both Torah and Eretz Yisroel were given to the Jewish nation as a whole, rather than to the collection of its individuals, and this is the meaning of morasha – a national heritage. Perhaps we can add to this definition by noting that Torah embodies the collective character of the Jewish people, as Rav Saadia Gaon writes in his Emunos VeDei'os: "our nation is a nation only though the Torah." In regard to Eretz Yisroel as well, Rav Kook writes in his work Oros, that Eretz Yisroel is not something external to the Jewish people, but part of its very essence, its national character. Both Torah and Eretz YIsroel then, serve to unite the nation. Perhaps this is also why the Sifrei, as quoted by Rashi and elaborated upon by the Ramban, says that the optimal place to fulfill the Torah is in Eretz Yisroel. With Rav Goren's explanation in mind, we can better appreciate the subsequent verse, "And He became king in Yeshurun when the heads of the nation are gathered, the tribes of Yisroel in unity." According to one explanation, the king referred to is God, and we are being told that God is recognizable as our king when the tribes of Yisroel are united. It is Torah as a morasha, together with the morasha of Eretz Yisroel, that leads to this unity.
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THE BEGINNING OF THE REDEMPTION???
The Wisdom of Rabbi Binyamin Kahane HY"D...
Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Binyamin Kahane
THE BEGINNING OF THE REDEMPTION???
As the people and State of Israel sink to ever greater depths, we often hear the claim that there is nothing we can do since we are still in "galut." One gets the impression that this argument is an escape - a way of releasing feelings of bitterness and despair and a convenient excuse for passively accepting our condition without trying to change it. Whatever its motivation, it is to refute the argument that we are still in galut that the following article is intended.
Let's begin with an obvious question: When the Jewish people are living in the Land of Israel, have attained sovereignty over it, have scored awesome military victories, and have witnessed the land's miraculous agricultural blossoming - can they be said to be living in galut? After all, galut refers to a nation uprooted from its land. With all the problems we have - and we are certainly the last to ignore them! - the historical process we are living through is hardly one of galut. Indeed, it's the very opposite.
Of course, referring to our condition as galut is not entirely without basis. The spiritual, moral, and national deterioration of the Jewish people today is, indeed, terrible and unprecedented. And so, in order to clear things up a bit, it behooves us to remember that geula isn't merely a slogan. Geula is a very specific process which our Rabbis describe. It is comprised of several components: the rebirth of the land, the liquidation of the Exile, the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael, Jewish sovereignty over it, revenge against the enemies of Israel, the building of Jerusalem and the Temple, and the appearance of the Messiah son of David. If we wish to define the situation we are in today, we cannot do so based on our feelings or personal views. There are rules. There are specific components to geula.
And so: Can anyone deny that the land is once again yielding its fruits ("there is no clearer indication of the end of days than this" - Sanhedrin 98a)? Can anyone deny that Jews have gathered to the land from the four corners of the world (an ingathering of the exiles); that the Diaspora is self-destructing (either by emigration to Israel or, G-d forbid, via physical liquidation or assimilation); and that large parts of the land were conquered in wars (war is also the beginning of the redemption - Megillah 17b) and are under Jewish sovereignty? Indeed, since the days of Solomon, the hand of Israel has never been stronger. The fact that we refuse to use our strength is another matter.
These are all facts that only the blind refuse to see. What do they say in response? That this isn't the ingathering of the exiles we dreamed about. But what is the meaning of the term "ingathering of the exiles" if not a return of the Jewish people to the land? (Or perhaps it refers only to an ingathering of the Jews of Boro Park?) You are not pleased with the way it came about? Well, that's how G-d decided it would happen!
What else do they say? That this isn't the rebirth of the land which the Rabbis meant. But the fact is that for 2,000 years the land kept its promise: it lay desolate despite the efforts of various peoples to revive it. Only in the last few generations, when the Jews returned, did the land yield its fruit!
For those who say we are in galut, what has to happen to make the process kosher? Must we start again from the beginning? Must we all, G-d forbid, return to the Exile and must the land again become barren so that we can get it right the next time? Must we start over again so that things can go according to their script, the way they think the redemption should unfold?
Naturally, there are valid questions that can be asked. For example, how is it possible that the wicked continue to dominate Israel despite all the miracles we have witnessed? How can the Jewish nation be descending into unprecedented depths of decadence if it is living in midst of the geula process? Is there not a contradiction here?
On the contrary! The Rabbis discussed such a scenario long ago. Indeed, they told us (Sanhedrin 97a) that if geula comes b'ita, the government will turn heretical and an evil government will rule. Actually, the Rabbis tell us (Megillah 17b) that one of the stages in the geula process is judgment against the wicked! And so in the geula of b'ita, there will be wicked people, and these wicked people will be in power. But the Talmud also teaches us that at a certain stage they will be destroyed ("criminals and sinners alike will be broken, and those who have forsaken G-d will perish"). This stage, too, will come. When? THAT DEPENDS ON US! If instead of KVETCHING, G-d fearing Jews would take hold of the reigns of leadership to further the redemption, the geula process would accelerate and the Messiah son of David would come quicker.
What a pity that so few study these passages, yet so many speak about geula as if they were experts. This subject is no less important than the laws of Bava Kamma. What a pity to live through this unique era submerged in blindness, without trying to understand its greatness. If we would only understand our era's significance, we could advance the redemption and save ourselves from some of the suffering of the birth-pangs of the Messianic period.
In conclusion, the complete redemption has not yet arrived, but parts of it are already with us. The real problem is not that we are in galut, but rather that WE REFUSE TO REMOVE THE GALUT FROM WITHIN US!!
If you have to explain something to someone who needs many repetitions, imagine that you are like the great Rabbi Praida, who repeated each idea 400 times to a slow student.
You personally might not yet have developed the level of patience of Rabbi Praida. But when you imagine that you are Rabbi Praida, you plug into his amazing ability to be patient.
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Ancient Muslim Inscription Confirms Dome of the Rock's Jewish Temple Origin By: David Israel
The ninth annual conference on archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem and its environs that was held at the Hebrew University this week revealed the existence of an ancient Muslim inscription testifying to the fact that the original name of the Dome of the Rock, Qubbat al-Sakhrah, was "Beit al Maqdis" بيت المقدس — "Beit Hamikdash" in Hebrew, aka the Jewish Temple — during the early Muslim era, Makor Rishon reported Friday.
According to archaeologists Assaf Avraham and Peretz Reuven, the inscription is dated to the 10th century CE, about a thousand years ago. It is located above a mihrab-prayer niche inside an active mosque in the village of Nuba, located seven miles north-west of Hebron. It is unknown when it was placed there, but it certainly throws a fresh light on the process by which Jerusalem became holy to the Muslims and the inspiration that Islam drew from Jewish sources regarding the holiness of the Temple Mount compound and the Jewish temple that once stood at the spot where today stands the Dome of the Rock shrine.
Participants in the Jerusalem conference were particularly excited by this revelation in light of two recent UNESCO resolutions which disavowed any connection between Jewish history and the Temple Mount. One participant reminded the forum that the Mufti of Jerusalem already admitted that the Dome of the Rock stands on the same spot as Solomon's Temple, "but here we have an archaeological find that proves it," he said.
According to both researchers, in the early Muslim era the Dome of the Rock was the site of worship services that were influenced by the ceremonies of the Jerusalem Temple: cleansing, incense, anointing the Foundation Stone with oil and surrounding it with curtains inspired by the divine parochet. The shrine, built around the Foundation Stone, just like the two Jewish Temples, was completed in 691 CE, by an architect named Yazid Ibn Salam, who was either Jewish himself or had Jewish aides.
There is a theory that Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik originally had the Dome of the Rock built as a shrine for the Jews, while Al Aqsa, the mosque on the southern end of the Temple Mount, was built for Muslims.
There is a trend where Muslims have recently begun referring to the entire Temple Mount compound, which they also call al-Haram ash-Sharif ("The Noble Compound"), as Al Aqsa.
About the Author:David writes news at JewishPress.com.
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Arabs Sprayed Swastikas, Hate Graffiti, in Samaria Jewish Community By: David Israel Published: October 28th, 2016
A group of Arabs took advantage of the "secure olive harvest," and under IDF and police protection given to the Arab pickers, against local Jewish residents, managed to penetrate a military post at the Mitzph Yitzhar neighborhood in Samaria and smear it thoroughly with hate graffiti and with the age-old equation of Star of David equals swastika.
The Yitzhar community was surrounded this past week with Arab olive pickers, each protected by Israeli security forces against the "evil settlers." And so some of them expressed their gratitude by completely defacing the post manned by their chivalrous defenders, with compliments such as "Death to the Jews," "Land of Palestine" and, of course, the swastika.
This is not the first time local Arabs have taken advantage of the Jewish protection they receive against their Jewish neighbors. In the past they threw rocks at Jewish cars and even stabbed and IDF soldier near the community of Talmon.
"We view this penetration seriously, because it could have ended in a much more tragic way," said Yitzhar Secretariat Chairman Uriah Cohen. "The so called secure harvest has proven time and again to be life endangering; this farce must end, once and for all."
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What we know about FBI's new Clinton email inquiry US official says messages uncovered in unrelated sexting probe into Anthony Weiner, estranged spouse of Democratic nominee's top aide By AP October 29, 2016, 4:37 pm 14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thought the furor over Hillary Clinton's private emails was over? Think again.
The FBI dropped what amounts to a political bomb on the Clinton campaign on Friday when it announced it was investigating whether new emails involving the Democratic presidential nominee contain classified information.
The announcement was a surprise considering the FBI had closed its investigation into Clinton's private email server in July. Turns out, though, this investigation doesn't seem to have anything to do with Clinton's homebrew server. A US official with knowledge of the case said the new emails were uncovered recently in an unrelated sexting probe involving the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
What we know:
Clinton and her server
Shortly after Clinton announced her plans to run for president, the FBI began investigating the handling of classified material involving her server in New York while she was President Barack Obama's secretary of state.
Clinton insisted all along that she never sent or received emails that were marked classified at the time, but some emails on her server were later deemed top secret or included confidential or sensitive information.
Most of the messages have shown how Clinton dealt with a series of foreign policy hurdles, from the Arab Spring in the Middle East to the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and efforts to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. It has also offered a more private window into Clinton's daily life, showing her asking an aide to help her find Showtime's CIA-focused drama "Homeland," getting political intelligence from longtime allies and managing a busy schedule and flights around the globe.
Last July, the FBI said it wasn't recommending criminal charges against Clinton. But FBI Director James Comey delivered a blistering televised statement in which he called Clinton extremely careless with her handling of national secrets and contradicted her past explanations about her emails.
In a letter to Congress on Friday, Comey said the FBI is investigating whether there is classified information in newly discovered emails. Comey says the emails surfaced during an unrelated FBI case, but didn't say where the new emails came from or who sent them.
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner leaves his New York apartment after acknowledging he texted sexually explicit messages with a girl online during his mayoral run (Richard Drew/AP)
A US official with knowledge of the case said the emails were related to a separate sexting probe involving Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The official was not authorized to discuss details publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Federal authorities are investigating illicit text messages Weiner sent a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The New York Times, which first reported the connection, said the FBI uncovered the new emails after it seized electronic devices belonging to Abedin and Weiner.
Clinton told reporters that she knew no more than they did about Comey's revelation. "We don't know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has," she said at a brief news conference. "Even Director Comey noted that this new information might not be significant, so let's get it out."
As far as any connection to Abedin and Weiner, Clinton said: "You know, we've heard these rumors. We don't know what to believe. And I'm sure there will be even more rumors."
Clinton told the FBI she didn't pay attention to particular levels of classified information, though she said she treated all classified information the same.
She said she could not give an example of how classification of a document was determined, and told the FBI that she relied on career professionals to handle and mark classified information.
At one point in the interview, she was presented with a 2012 email that included a "c" marking before one of the paragraphs. Though the marking was meant to connote that the material was "confidential" — the lowest level of classification — Clinton said she wasn't sure.
She speculated that perhaps the "c" referenced the paragraphs being "marked in alphabetical order," according to the FBI interview.
Either way, Clinton said she regarded the content of the email as a "condolence call" and questioned the classification level.
The emails of secretaries of state past
According to the FBI investigation, Clinton contacted Colin Powell in January 2009 to ask about his use of a BlackBerry when he was secretary of state.
Colin Powell (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
He warned her that if she used a BlackBerry to "do business," her emails could become official public records.
"Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data," he advised Clinton, the FBI said.
Wait … Weiner?
Yes. Federal authorities began investigating the former New York congressman in late September after an online news outlet, DailyMail.com, published an interview with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl who said she had exchanged sexually explicit messages with him over several months.
Among other things, the girl said that during a Skype chat, Weiner had asked her to undress and touch herself.
Weiner released a statement acknowledging that he'd corresponded with the girl. In it, he apologized, saying he had "repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment about the people I have communicated with online."
But he also said he had "likely been the subject of a hoax" and provided an email, written by the girl to a teacher, in which she recanted her story.
Federal prosecutors in both North Carolina and New York were initially involved in the investigation, but agents in New York subsequently took the lead, according to a spokeswoman for the US attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with multiple women. Abedin announced their separation in August following new sexting revelations.
What happens next
The FBI disclosure isn't good news for Clinton, who had just begun to pull away from Republican rival Donald Trump in the polls after the release of a 2005 video in which Trump bragged about sexual assault.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Raddison Hotel on October 28, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images/AFP)
The best scenario for Clinton is that the investigation is resolved quickly without charges. But it's more likely the review will take some time, casting a shadow over the election.
Within minutes of Friday's FBI announcement, Trump accused Clinton of orchestrating a "criminal scheme" before a boisterous and jubilant crowd.
"Perhaps finally justice will be done," Trump said.
In this fantastic 1978 clip from a Johnny Cash special, The Man in Black brings Kris Kristofferson on stage to sing "Sunday Morning Coming Down," which Kris wrote and Johnny took to No. 1 on the country charts!
You probably have things you currently feel are too difficult for you to learn or to do, just because of the way that you are looking at them. If you find a totally new way to look at what you are going to try to learn, you will find that it's much easier for you to learn than you had ever imagined. The new way of looking at things doesn't go against your limiting self-image.
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Oldest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem found on rare papyrus from 7th century BCE Reference to consignment of wineskins 'to Jerusalem' appears on 2,700-year-old First Temple-era scrap believed plundered from Judean Desert cave
A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew.
The fragile text, believed plundered from a cave in the Judean Desert cave, was apparently acquired by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a sting in 2012 when thieves attempted to sell it to a dealer. Radiocarbon dating has determined it is from the 7th century BCE, making it one of just three extant Hebrew papyri from that period, and predating the Dead Sea Scrolls by centuries.
The IAA's Eitan Klein said the dating of the papyrus had been confirmed by comparing the text's orthography with other texts from the period.
The slip of papyrus, which was formally unveiled by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Wednesday, measures 11 centimeters by 2.5 centimeters (4.3 inches by 1 inch). Its two lines of jagged black paleo-Hebrew script appear to have been a dispatch note recording the delivery of two wineskins "to Jerusalem," the Judean Kingdom's capital city. The full text of the inscription reads: "From the female servant of the king, from Naharata (place near Jericho) two wineskins to Jerusalem."
The fact that the note was written on papyrus, rather than cheaper clay ostraca, suggests the consignment of wineskins may have been sent to a person of high status.
Israel Prize-winning Biblical scholar Shmuel Ahituv arrives for a press conference to discuss an ancient papyrus featuring the earliest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem, October 26, 2016 (Courtesy)
Speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem with IAA officials on Wednesday, Israel Prize-winning Biblical scholar Shmuel Ahituv said the mention of a "female servant of the king" sending the wineskins to "Yerushalem," indicated that it was sent by a prominent woman to the capital.
Ahituv also said it was significant that the text features the "Yerushalem" spelling of the city's name that is more commonly found in the Bible. There are only four instances in the bible, he noted, of Jerusalem being spelled "Yerushalayim," with an additional letter Yod, the way it is pronounced in modern Hebrew.
Ahituv studied the papyrus after its acquisition by an individual who has requested anonymity.
Amir Ganor, head of the IAA's antiquity theft prevention division, said the papyrus was determined to have come from a cave in Nahal Hever in the Judean Desert. The arid, cool location near the Dead Sea enabled the fragment's preservation over the millennia. Since the bust, 14 members of the ring of looters based near Hebron were arrested and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
While there are more than a handful of ancient Hebrew texts etched into stone and scrawled on bits of pottery from this period, the only other known Hebrew papyrus texts from before the fall of the Judean Kingdom in 586 BCE were the Marzeah Papyrus, believed to be from mid-to-late 7th century BCE trans-Jordan, and a papyrus palimpsest found at Qumran.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has moved to prevent antiquities thieves plundering the country's archaeological heritage, with particular emphasis on the limestone caves dotting the cliffs leading down to the Dead Sea. Those remote caverns have yielded two of the most significant collections of ancient Hebrew texts: the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kochba letters.
Stings in recent years have busted treasure hunters and traders in the act in Judean Desert caverns and Jerusalem hotels, while archaeologists race to excavate the area's remaining caves in the hopes of discovering scientific data and, possibly, more scrolls.
Trump event in old City on 10.26.16
Moses, the foundation of US-Israel ties
Yoram Ettinger Moses, the foundation of US-Israel ties
According to Professor Robert Bellah, a leading UC Berkeley sociologist, there is "a well-institutionalized civil religion" in the United States that stipulates separation between religion and state, but not between religion and society. In fact, President John Quincy Adams wrote: "The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code."
Bellah contends that civil liberties, reflecting more responsibility than rights, are Bible-driven: "Behind civil religion lie biblical archetypes [such as] the Exodus, Chosen People, Promised Land, New Jerusalem ... a heritage of moral and religious experience."
The legacy of Moses, the definitive lawgiver, has been such an archetype, an integral part of American cultural, ethical, legal and political history, highlighting Judeo-Christian ethical principles that shaped the U.S. and forged the foundation of its special ties with the Jewish state. Most Americans, from the early Pilgrims through the Founding Fathers until today, hold Israel in high regard and consider the Jewish state more than just a foreign policy issue.
The metaphor of Moses has been employed extensively in American political discourse. In April 2010, Professor Thomas Sugrue wrote in his book, "Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race": "The metaphor of Moses and Joshua, the freedom fighter and the nation builder, offered a powerful framework for Obama's campaign." In January 2000, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell greeted the newly elected President George W. Bush at the traditional post-inauguration Senate luncheon with: "We trust that you shall lead us in the best tradition of Joshua and Caleb."
On Jan. 14, 2013, the Kansas City Star wrote: "Martin Luther King must have had Moses in mind that night of his last sermon when he said, 'God has allowed me to go up on the mountain, and I have seen the Promised Land.'" Harriet Tubman, a leading abolitionist and a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, was named "Mama Moses."
On June 27, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.
According to Chief Justice William Rehnquist: "Religion has been closely identified with our history and government. … Acknowledgments of the role played by the Ten Commandments in our nation's heritage are common throughout America. ... Since 1935, Moses has stood, holding two tablets that reveal portions of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew, among other lawgivers in the south frieze [of the Supreme Court]. Representations of the Ten Commandments adorn the metal gates lining the north and south sides of the courtroom as well as the doors leading into the courtroom.
"Moses also sits on the exterior east facade [of the Supreme Court] holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments. ... Since 1897, a large statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments, alongside a statue of the Apostle Paul, has overlooked the rotunda of the Library of Congress' Jefferson Building. A medallion with two tablets depicting the Ten Commandments decorates the floor of the National Archives. Inside the Justice Department, a statue entitled 'The Spirit of Law' has two tablets representing the Ten Commandments lying at its feet. In front of the Ronald Reagan Building stands another sculpture that includes a depiction of the Ten Commandments. So too a 24-foot-tall sculpture outside the Federal Courthouse, depicting, among other things, the Ten Commandments and a cross. Moses is also prominently featured in the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives. ... Moses was a lawgiver as well as a religious leader, and the Ten Commandments have undeniable historical meaning."
A 2005 Gallup Poll shows that 76% of Americans were in favor of displaying the Ten Commandments monument on the ground of the Texas State Capitol.
On March 29, 2006, the California State Senate approved bill SCR 108, stating: "This measure would recognize and acknowledge that the Decalogue, also known as the Ten Commandments, ranks among the influential historical documents that have contributed significantly to the development of the secular governmental and legal principles and institutions of the USA and the State of California. ... In the history of American institutions, no book -- except the Bible -- has played so great a role. ... Members of the U.S. Supreme Court have noted the foundational role played by the Ten Commandments in the development of our legal system."
On April 8, 2015, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill instructing the state to erect a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol in Little Rock. The Arkansas State House and the Senate approved the bill 72:7 and 27:3 respectively.
President Harry Truman stated: "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount." A century earlier, President Abraham Lincoln referred to Exodus, Chapter 20, the Ten Commandments, as the summation of his theology.
Moses and/or the Ten Commandments feature in courthouses and in other public buildings around the country.
Moses and the Ten Commandments have always been part of the American story, shaping the worldviews of the American people. They have underscored the 400-year-old Judeo-Christian foundation of the U.S.-Israel covenant, which transcends transient politics and geostrategic considerations, catapulting U.S.-Israel cooperation to unprecedented levels -- in defiance of the State Department, but consistent with the will of the American people.