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On August 28, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck confounded his colleagues in the media when he brought hundreds of thousands of Americans to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC for a rally he called 'Restoring Honor.'
... Although Beck called the rally "Restoring Honor," it wasn't really about restoring honor. It was about restoring something even more important. It was about restoring the American creed.
That creed is so ingrained that it has served as the subtext of every major political and civic speech by every American political and civic leader since the 18th century.
The American creed has two main components.
First, its core belief is that America is an exceptional country and that the American people are an exceptional nation. Second, it asserts that as Abraham Lincoln first said outright, America is the last, best hope for mankind.
What the multitudes who congregated at the Lincoln Memorial two weeks ago understood is that America's greatness as a nation is entirely predicated on its creed. If the creed is abandoned, while America may hang around for awhile, its path to ruin will be inexorable.
Lincoln once called Americans "God's almost chosen people." In saying that, he linked American history to the history of the Jews. Whereas the Jews singled ourselves out as the chosen people by agreeing to accept God's law, in Lincoln's view, Americans accepted the burdens' and the gifts of a unique national path and mission in accepting the American creed.
THE AMERICAN creed has been cultivated, preserved and defended for some 350 years. The Jewish creed America?s founders turned to for inspiration has been cultivated, preserved and defended for 3,500 years.
The Jewish creed is predicated on the dual destiny of the Jews: to be both a nation that dwells alone and a light to the nations.
God bestowed the Jews with three tools to achieve these twin, and seemingly contradictory missions. He gave us the Law of Israel. He gave us the Nation of Israel. And he gave us the Land of Israel.
The law of Israel, the Torah, is the human path to righteousness and holiness. By obeying the laws and recognizing the frailty of mankind as a collective, the Jews comprise a distinct nation that is a
blessing and an inspiration to the world.
By building our lives in the Land of Israel, our birthright, the Jews are able to cultivate our heritage and perform our dual mission in relative peace and make the blessing of chosenness tangible for ourselves and the world as a whole.
Since the dawn of modern Zionism, the overwhelming majority of Jews, in Israel and throughout the world have recognized the return to the land of Israel as the harbinger of redemption for the Jewish people, and through it, for the world. This understanding has been so ingrained that it has seldom necessitated a mention.
As George Gilder demonstrated in The Israel Test, Israeli computer entrepreneurs created the foundations of the digital age by inventing, among other things, the microprocessor and the main components of cellular telephone technology.
The world we inhabit would be inconceivable without Israel's pioneering role in building it.
As for Judaism, it is flourishing in Israel today as it never has at any time in the past 2,000 years. The Jewish people emerged from the brink of annihilation 65 years ago to build a Jewish state whose population is more learned in Jewish law than any Jewish community has ever been. More Jews study in institutions of Jewish learning in Israel than have studied at any time in our history. And even non-observant Jews live Jewish lives in Israel to a degree their families could never have enjoyed or imagine just four generations ago.
Jews have survived repeated attempts to destroy us not because we have argued the finer points of the anti-Jewish narrative of the day, but because we have been faithful to our creed. That is, we have not survived by attacking anti-Semitic slurs, but by loyally upholding our truth.
THIS EVENING we begin our observance of Rosh Hashana. The Bible describes Rosh Hashana as the day of trumpeting. When we assemble in prayer and blow the shofar, we engage in a loud and boisterous celebration of national unity and uphold our sacred birthright to our religious heritage and the land of Israel.
It is my prayer for the coming year that our leaders take a measure of strength from our people and our creed. I pray that they recognize that it is both their sacred duty and their great privilege to confidently represent and defend our exceptionalism and our destiny as the nation of Israel.
# I found especially the inscriptions of Stentoften and Bjorketorp to be in a MIX between HEBREW and ARAMAIC.
To this day I am most proud of my decoding of the STENTOFTEN and also the Bjorketorp runic inscriptions.
These TWO I consider to be the MAIN existing proofs that a mix of Hebrew and Aramaic was used by at least some of the people who anciently during the Iron Age wrote runic texts in Scandinavia.
Thus, I want to emphasize especially my work on those two particular inscriptions.
.... Lost Israelite tribes could have reached Scandinavia via, Chorazmia (to the east of the Caspian Sea) for example, where Aramaic texts have been found and also via what is now Russian territory. #
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