The role of government is to strike a balance between individual rights and the greater good of the community. Yet no political system has been able to perfect this balance.
A civilized nation needs to be built on a foundation of morality and ethics that is timeless and unconditional. At the same time, a nation’s survival is dependent on its constant progress and growth. Since people are bound to have vastly different beliefs, who should define the standards and morality and justice that must rule all people? At what point does a government intervene to keep an individual from harming himself or others? How do we avoid the abuse of power by government leaders? The challenge is to harness our freedom, to channel it for good and righteous purposes.
Rabbi Simon Jacobson as a guest on Equal Footing with Dov Tzuman, discussing the influence of Judaism on the Founding Fathers and the birth of American democracy, together with Dr. Bruce Powell.Read More
When following current events many of us feel defiled and violated. It’s tempting to ask: If others want to fight “bloody” battles, why do we need to be part of this spectacle? What true difference will the outcome have on our personal lives? What long-term collateral damage will all this acrimony create?Read More
What is the role of government? Is it merely to legislate laws and serve as a referee to maintain the peace and coexistence of its peoples? Or does government have a deeper and more spiritual responsibility?Read More
Join Rabbi Jacobson as he addresses this critically important subject, one that is affecting us all. Learn what each of us can do to become part of the solution, to help create harmony within diversity — respecting the dignity of each individual, finding deeper truths in our differences, without annihilating one another.Read More
Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson for an inspiring discussion on the trying times we’re going through and strategies for dealing with disagreements. There are better ways to have civil discussions rather than argue.Read More