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Rabbi Steven Lebow

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  • "Scripture tells us that the Egyptians worshipped Aries, and therefore abstained  from killing sheep, and held shepherds in contempt. Compare 'Behold we shall  sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians,' etc. (Exodus 8:26); 'For every  shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians' (Genesis 46:34). Some sects among  the Sabeans worshipped demons, and imagined that these assumed the form of  goats, and called them therefore 'goats' [se'irim]. For this reason those sects  abstained from eating goats' flesh. Most idolaters objected to killing cattle,  holding this species of animals in great estimation. Therefore the people of  Hodu [India] up to this day do not slaughter cattle even
  • This is also the reason why we were commanded to kill a lamb on Passover, and to  sprinkle the blood thereof outside on the gates. We had to free ourselves of  evil doctrines and to proclaim the opposite, that the very act which was then  considered as being the cause of death would be the cause of deliverance from  death. Compare 'And the Lord will pass over the door, and will not let the  Destroyer to enter your houses to smite you' (Exodus 12:23). Thus they were  rewarded for performing openly a service every part of which was objected to by  the idolaters" (Guide for the Perplexed, Book 3, chapter 46).
  • According to Maimonides, God commanded that the Israelites slaughter lambs  because the Egyptians worshipped them

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  • There is speculation among some scholars that  the lamb was chosen as the animal for sacrifice because the Egyptians worshipped  the lamb. Through such an action, they believe that the Israelites, and more  importantly, God, forcefully rejected the worship of animals.[10] This perspective extracts a vital lesson for the  Israelites about the nature of their God, namely that the very animal which  Egyptians worshipped and importuned for good fortune could be used by the living  God, whom the Israelites worshipped, as a symbol of the Egyptians’ destruction  and the Israelites’ deliverance.

  • The Ancient Egyptians had a deep conviction of an underlying holiness and  unity within the universe. Cosmic harmony was achieved by correct public and  ritual life. Any disturbance in cosmic harmony could have consequences for the  individual as well as the state. An impious King could bring about famine or  blasphemy blindness to an individual.[8] In opposition to the  right order expressed in the concept of Maat is Isfet: chaos, lies and  violence.[9]

  • 1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 

    1:9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel  are more and mightier than we: 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest  they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they  join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the  land.

in list: Recession

  • So as I said, while bankers may find the results of the stress tests  “reassuring,” the rest of us should be very, very afraid.

in list: Recession

  • There is no light yet at the end of this tunnel.

  • the number of journalists has significantly declined. In Washington alone, there are now 79% fewer DC-based  employees of major newspapers than there were just few years ago.

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in list: Recession

  • The results came as a private group said the United States economy shed an  estimated 742,000 private jobs in March — a statistic that increased jitters  about the government’s release of monthly unemployment data on Friday.

     

    Economists believe the government will report 660,000 job losses in March,  and that the unemployment rate will climb to 8.5 percent from 8.1 percent.  Businesses with more than 500 workers cut 128,000 jobs while small and  medium-size companies slashed 614,000 positions, according to the report from Automatic  Data Processing and Macroeconomic Advisers.

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