In the time since the ruin of the Temple, many sages recognized the absolute necessity of unity for the Jews and for the world. Regrettably, their voice was not heard because the Jews were too preoccupied with themselves. The book, Shem Mishmuel tells us, “The intention of creation was for all to be one bundle… but because of the sin [egoism] the matter was spoiled. The correction began in the generation of Babylon, meaning the correction of gathering and assembling of people which began with Abraham. …And the final correction will be when everyone becomes one bundle.”
In the rudest state of mankind, in which hunting is the principalOccupation, and the only mode of acquiring food; the means ofsubsistence being scattered over a large extent of territory, thecomparative population must necessarily be thin. It is said, thatthe passion between the sexes is less ardent among the NorthAmerican Indians, than among any other race of men. Yetnotwithstanding this apathy, the effort towards population, evenin this people, seems to be always greater than the means tosupport it. This appears from the comparatively rapid populationthat takes place whenever any of the tribes happen to settle insome fertile spot, and to draw nourishment from more fruitfulsources than that of hunting; and it has been frequently remarked, that when an Indian family has taken up its abode near anyEuropean settlement, and adopted a more easy and civilized mode oflife, that one woman has reared five, or six, or more children; though in the savage state, it rarely happens that above one ortwo in a family grow up to maturity. The same observation hasbeen made with regard to the Hottentots near the Cape. Thesefacts prove the superior power of population to the means ofsubsistence in nations of hunters; and that this power alwaysshews itself the moment it is left to act with freedom.
I just would like to react to the comment equating Zionism with Nazism.
Zionism, claiming that Jews are a “chosen people” is not racist it is not even exclusive.
All it means that Jews have a unique talent, capability, a unique role in this world they are obliged to perform towards others.
It is not superiority it is an obligation for service.
Instead of claiming they are better and can destroy others or seclude themselves from others they are responsible for the whole world.
Each nation and in fact each person has individual strength and weakness, unique talents and deficiencies.
Each nation and person has to find their way in the beautiful, colourful mosaic of humanity and perform their roles in order to raise humanity to its optimal level of existence.
As the article explains the role of the Jews is to teach people how they can interconnect, build mutually complementing cooperation above and despite their inherent differences, above mutual distrust and hatred.
How could that be equated with an ideology that clearly claimed superiority of a certain race even allowing that race to exterminate others?
Thank you for this interesting perspective. It never occurred to me why Jews are told we are to be a light to the nations of the world. It makes sense why people hate us if we are not doing it. It is kind of like we are one dysfunctional family that cannot get along with each other. Hmmm…. so if we can somehow figure out how to love each other, then the rest of the world would do the same? The thought of this seems surreal, but yet there feels like some truth to this. I am interested in learning more.
It has appeared that from the principle of population, morewill always be in want than can be adequately supplied. Thesurplus of the rich man might be sufficient for three, but fourwill be desirous to obtain it. He cannot make this selection ofthree out of the four, without conferring a great favour on thosethat are the objects of his choice. These persons must considerthemselves as under a great obligation to him, and as dependentupon him for their support. The rich man would feel his power, andthe poor man his dependence; and the evil effects of these twoimpressions on the human heart are well known. Though I perfectlyagree with Mr. Godwin therefore in the evil of hard labour; yet Istill think it a less evil, and less calculated to debase thehuman mind, than dependence; and every history of man that wehave ever read, places in a strong point of view, the danger towhich that mind is exposed, which is entrusted with constantpower.
It is evident, that if trade and foreign commerce were heldin great honour in China; from the plenty of labourers, and thecheapness of labour, she might work up manufactures for foreignsale to an immense amount. It is equally evident, that from thegreat bulk of provisions, and the amazing extent of her inlandterritory, she could not in return import such a quantity, as wouldbe any sensible addition to the annual stock of subsistence inthe country. Her immense amount of manufactures, therefore, shewould exchange, chiefly, for luxuries collected from all parts ofthe world. At present, it appears, that no labour whatever isspared in the production of food. The country is ratherover peopled in proportion to what its stock can employ, andlabour is, therefore, so abundant, that no pains are taken toabridge it. The consequence of this, is, probably, the greatestproduction of food that the soil can possibly afford: for it willbe generally observed, that processes for abridging labour,though they may enable a farmer to bring a certain quantity ofgrain cheaper to market, tend rather to diminish than increasethe whole produce; and in agriculture, therefore, may, in somerespects, be considered rather as private than public advantages. An immense capital could not be employed in China inpreparing manufactures for foreign trade, without taking off somany labourers from agriculture, as to alter this state of things,and in some degree to diminish the produce of the country. Thedemand for manufacturing labourers would naturally raise theprice of labour; but as the quantity of subsistence would not beincreased, the price of provisions would keep pace with it; oreven more than keep pace with it if the quantity of provisionswere really decreasing. The country would be evidently advancingin wealth: the exchangeable value of the annual produce of itsland and labour, would be annually augmented; yet the real fundsfor the maintenance of labour would be stationary, or evendeclining; and, consequently, the increasing wealth of the nationwould rather tend to depress, than to raise, the condition of thepoor. With regard to the command over the necessaries andcomforts of life, they would be in the same or rather worse statethan before; and a great part of them would have exchanged thehealthy labours of agriculture, for the unhealthy occupations ofmanufacturing industry.
I am perfectly willing to concede to Mr. Godwin that there ismuch more labour in the world than is really necessary; and that,if the lower classes of society could agree among themselvesnever to work more than six or seven hours in the day, thecommodities essential to human happiness might still be producedin as great abundance as at present. But it is almost impossibleto conceive that such an agreement could be adhered to. From theprinciple of population, some would necessarily be more in wantthan others. Those that had large families, would naturally bedesirous of exchanging two hours more of their labour for anampler quantity of subsistence. How are they to be prevented frommaking this exchange? It would be a violation of the first andmost sacred property that a man possesses, to attempt, by positiveinstitutions, to interfere with his command over his own labour.
I have a lot of Jewish ancestry and I fully support Israel, but the behavior of many Jews is really embarrassing, so much so that I keep my Jewish forbears to myself. People like Bernie Sanders and William Kristol are prime reasons why. How dare they call themselves Jews and be such traitors to Israel and their own people? Then you have clowns like the fat pigs at Gold and Silver Pawn in Las Vegas, on TV displaying their greed and gluttony, “Hardcore Pawn” in Detroit run by extremely obnoxious and greedy Jews…
Keep Jews like that off of Television and start running reality shows of Jewish doctors helping the poor for free, Jewish American patriots, Jewish athletes aiding the disabled, ANYTHING positive instead of this stream of greedy Jews and treasonous Jews and Communist Jews.
I believe that every people of every race has a right of existence , but atrocities , brute force , will not be a solution . If it was so Hitler would have succeeded in eliminating the Jews . About religion no religious sect should claim themselves superior to any other. To me religion is a matter of individual belief , and nobody
should try to impose his ideologies on others . If Israel chooses to bomb hospitals , and kill children in the name of self defense, destroy entire townships and occupy lands , how are they any different from the Nazis . One atrocity cannot be justified by another . Every child and every sick in every hospital in this world has the right to live . If the middle east conflict surrounding Israel can be resolved , most terrorist activities around the world will end .
I think the problem lies in the confusion of the languages and remains linked in every way. We were and have been kept in that confusion since Babel. If we were to become, like little children and taught like little children, the basic understanding of the Sefat Emet [ True language ], the truth, would be self-evident and set us free from error. The world is still in confusion and will never see the truth of our condition until we can see it through the truth of the WORD itself . We as believers thirst for and thrive as a result of the truth being revealed. It brings Hope to those that recognize it. The Torah was not given as a gift to the chosen to be hidden or kept as a secret possession, nor can the light of it be shared in such a way. If we were to teach the basics of the truth, there would be a revival of the Spirit of it. A quest for the Truth has led me to the Hebrew alphabet and the learning of the basics of the Holy tongue in which the WORD was given and I see the problem most face with trying to learn the message and it is, this lack of understanding of
the basics. We are a people that lack this knowledge of the language and are ever divided by this obstacle no matter how much we believe and Love it. How can the world become ONE, as we were, if not through those that speak the original language of the Crearor and have been in possession of this from the beginning ? It was and is the task of those that read and write the WORD to explain to those that are confused and bring them into the light of understanding to the Glory of the Creator. Until one learns, that, there is only ONE WORD, of the ONE who gave it, we will remain divided , and ever at odds with ourselves on the issue. His people are ever perishing for a lack of Knowledge!
If they can do this, become a successful example of this rule’s implementation, then perhaps they can also share their special precociousness in keeping this rule with the rest of the world. If they can succeed at this, then many a skeptic will be glad to bestow upon them the title of “chosen people” and it will be justly deserved.