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What should Pres. Bush learn from Pharaoh? Virtual Talmud’s Susan Grossman explores this question in this article on Beliefnet, written in response to the president’s State of the Union address earlier this week. Click here to read and respond to the piece.

We now return to our regularly scheduled Virtual Talmud debate for this week…

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Douglas Friedman

posted January 28, 2007 at 7:57 pm

The comparison of President Bush to Pharaoh and of the Egyptians’ attempts to subdue the Hebrews with America’s war on Islamic terrorism shows only that Rabbi Grossman is a committed leftist with limited understanding of politics, history or world events. Pharaoh could have let the Hebrews go without destroying his whole society; once they left, Egypt continued more or less as before. In Iraq, we face a group of committed fundamentalists who would view the retreat Rabbi Grossman advocates as a defeat of the U.S. and as proof that their militant view is correct. They would use this defeat to launch further attacks on the U.S. and its allies (including Israel). There are enormous differences between Iraq today and Egypt of 3500 years ago and only an extreme leftist would attempt to draw a parallel without acknowledging the massive differences.

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