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The Torah's Choice For President© Parashat Mishpatim/President's Day 5776/2016

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The Torah's Choice For President© Parashat Mishpatim/President's Day 5776/2016 Rabbi David Baum


What are the top character traits you are looking for in your next president?
One survey I read suggested this answer:The top ideal quality picks are a candidate’s honesty and willingness to talk about the challenges affecting the nation.
This week’s parashah, Mishpatim, contains 53 separate commandments.Perhaps the most difficult one to follow might be contained within these commandments:
“You shall not revile God, nor curse a leader (Nassi) among your people. ” (Exodus 22:27)
The word for leader used here is Nassi, which we translate today as President.Can you imagine if this law was enforced here in America?Chances are we’d all be in jail!
Of course, there were no presidents back then, but there were kings.Ibn Ezra says that the Nassi, the leader that the Torah is referring to is none other than the king in Deuteronomy 17:14-20.
It seems as if the 2016 presidential election has …