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King David’s Treasure

gopLast nights GOP debate provided one shining moment that might give hope to those of us who still have hope that all of the remaining candidates might come to understand what it is that they are seeking to become.

But, to find that moment required Dave to do something he hasn’t been very good at doing lately, that is start his weekly Torah study earlier and spend less time chasing threads and tangents. Since he managed to do it for once this week, what did he find that brought just a glimmer of hope?

It started when the Tabernacle was put together and dedicated by the Israelites in the desert. And happened again when Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem. It reminds us today that while respect for servants is required, it is also imperative that public servants understand the role of staves.

Moreover, what happens when a leader forgets his or her primary purpose and while claiming to do good, maybe even the will of the Deity, he or she is in fact, harming the people? Will they learn the lesson? Or will they just ignore it and hope that nobody notices?

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The Defining Moment of 2015

For Dave, the defining moment of 2015 was the moment he was informed by a friend that DaveĀ “doesn’t need the 2nd Amendment.”

51UdNjXG7JLIt’s not really about guns, or free speech or search warrants. It’s about the question of how do you reach people who honestly express the opinion that they simply do not see the Constitution the way we do?

At the same time, what happened along the way? How did we go from the quality of leadership as defined by the Founding generation to the leadership qualities we see in our political candidates today?

All of these questions close out the year 2015 and lead us with hope and courage in the New Year…

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