Why the story of Noah & the flood will be read in synagogues three days before the US election

The Ugly Truth

THE FORWARD – Donald trump likes to get away with things.

The Hebrew Bible has a word for “getting away with” these little assaults: hamas. Hamas means violence, but a special kind of violence. It means that a person can injure another without paying the consequences, without acknowledging that a crime has been committed. The great 19th century German Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch wrote: “Hamas is a wrong that is too petty to be caught by human justice. It is not brought before judges, but if committed continuously can gradually ruin your fellow-man…”

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