We are approaching the holiday of Passover beginning with the first night of the Jewish holiday when the angel of death circled the homes of the people in Egypt including the homes where the Jews lived. The night was frightening everyone stayed inside their homes like today everyone stays home in quarantine from Corona. On the doorposts of some homes was the blood of the Paschal lamb mixed with hyssop herb which was a deterrent from the angel of death entering the home like a snake with poison venom. Netanyahu has declared total quarantine in Israel on the night of Passover. Everyone is ordered to stay inside. No prayers. No commuting. No guests from the outside to join in the Passover meal celebration.
The coronavirus has a communist mentality. Most of the world is living in quarantine, some partially and others in total two week self-quarantine. The streets are mostly empty. The outdoor market place is closed. Theaters are closed. The angel of death hovers over the world. Coronavirus spreads out and quarantine is today the only answer to contain it to prevent death and illness. These are hard times for everyone.
The world is waiting to see what type of retaliation will be made by Iran for the assassination of Solimeini their general chief of staff. Iran shot eighteen missiles at US headquarters in Iraq. Democracy is at war with theocracy in the Middle East. In democracy freedom is of first importance in life. In theocracy the law, the Koran, The Torah is most important. Progressive Jewish Spirituality and Baha”i faith teach that freedom and the law are of equal importance but just like God is unknown his law is an unknown law. Koran and Torah are two attempts both claim to be the Law of God but they are in truth the Law of the Israel nation or the Law of the Islamic nation. The prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jerimiah taught the truth that there is a third law whose specifics are unknown which is the Law of God. Teach this in a theocracy and you will be put to death immediately.
In a democracy there are civilians and soldiers. In a theocracy every citizen is also a soldier of the nation. A dictator will not allow the people of his nation to rest. They are always under his rule, the fear of their dictator is upon them. Freedom is a purpose in a democracy; in a dictatorship or theocracy the purpose of life is work.
President Trump appears crazy in love with Israel. There is a close connection between the two nations more than just politics and economics. Not only is Israel and America representing Democracy in the world, they are both connected to the essence of freedom and democracy revealed by their flags, the American flag also called the Star Spangled Banner, and the Israel Flag.
Most people are innocent witnesses of the conflicts in today’s life between democracy and theocracy. In common folk language we are Jehovah witnesses seeing history revealed. Sunday morning in Brooklyn, we would wake up late and about noon time would come to our doors two very lovely ladies to give us some help. They were carrying a Bible and some pamphlets which said on them “Jehovah Witnesses.” We were not Orthodox Jewish but maintained in our house Jewish Tradition. My mother was respectful to these missionaries. Not interested was our answer and they tried to accept it.