A (True) Thanksgiving Tale of Socialism in America and Israel
The United States and Israel have each had (and are having) their experiences with socialism. One country learned its lesson (at least once upon a time), while the other did not.
The experiences these two countries have had with socialism are practically mirror opposites. The US was officially founded almost 250 years ago, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. However, in the year 1620, more than four hundred years ago, the Pilgrims, predecessors of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, arrived in, and began settling portions of, what is now the United States of America.
The Pilgrims were a very religious group of Christians who analogized their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Jews’ trek through the wilderness while en route from Mount Sinai to the Land of Israel. The Pilgrims also analogized their conquest of the “New World”; that is, to what would become the United States, to the Jews’ conquest of the Land of Israel. When the Pilgrims first sighted land from their ship, the Mayflower, they joined together in a communal recitation of Psalms 100.
As an indication of how important Tanakh (the Jewish Bible) was to the founding generations of Americans, some early courses at Harvard University were taught in Hebrew, and as late as 1817, an annual speech was given in Hebrew at Harvard.
Tanakh also had an influence at Yale University. Some early courses at Yale were taught in Hebrew, and Yale’s coat of arms contains the Hebrew phrase Urim v’Thummim (אורים ותומים), which the university translated as Lux et veritas, or “Light and truth.”
Being Christian students of Tanakh, the Pilgrims modeled the constitutions and laws of their “promised land” of the original thirteen colonies on biblical principles. Interestingly, although Tanakh clearly lists twelve tribes, confusion sometimes exists, for reasons not germane to the matter at hand,
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