Yisroel Roll
Director of JED TALKS

President Biden Is a Giant

On June 28, 2022, at the White House, President Biden knelt on one knee as a show of respect in front of Rivka Ravitz, Chief of Staff of outgoing Israeli President Rivlin, when he heard she had 12 children. America respects Jewish/Israeli values.

The world is right to equate Judaism and Israel. Anti-Israel sentiment is the same as anti-Jewish sentiment. And America shares the Jewish/Israeli value system. To be anti-Israel is to be anti-American.

American and Israeli/Jewish values are based on justice, equality, and righteousness. The American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, champion liberty and equality, based on Devarim 16:19 which states: “Justice, justice shall you pursue.”

Torah and American values share the concept of fairness, compassion, and the protection of the vulnerable. The Torah’s imperative to “love your neighbor” and to “care for the widow, orphan, and stranger among you,” is shared by American law which ensures equal protection under the law for all citizens.

Israel and world Jewry share President Biden’s concern for the citizens of Rafah; Israel has met those concerns, while simultaneously standing for another great American legal principle, called self-defense. Hamas has vowed to repeat the massacre of October 7 again and again. The free world recognizes and supports Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens as the Talmud 72a states: If someone comes planning to kill you, rise to kill him first.

It is a matter of American and Jewish/Israeli justice that Hamas be removed from Gaza.

It is ironic that paid Palestinian agitators have organized campus demonstrations which run contrary to the very American values that these universities stand for, on the lawns of these campuses:

Princeton University’s motto is “Dei sub numine viget,” Latin for “Under God’s power she flourishes.” Belief in God is the first of the Ten Commandments.

Yale University, has a coat of arms that features the Hebrew phrase “אורים ותמים” (Urim v’Tummim), which is from the Torah and is associated with the breastplate worn by the High Priest in ancient Israel.

Harvard’s motto is “Veritas,” Latin for “truth.” Truth is God’s Signature, and is enshrined as the 9th of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not bear false witness.”

Columbia’s motto is “In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen,” Latin for “In Thy light shall we see light,” found in Psalms 36:9: “For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light.”

That is why all Americans stand behind the American justice system, and demand that those arrested for trespass and illegal behavior be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, to defend the principles of American justice. There must be no leniency in light of “political considerations.” Justice of this land must be upheld if the rule of law is to be preserved and maintained. President Biden’s kneeling before the moral values of a Jewish Israeli mother, guarantees it.

About the Author
Rabbi Yisroel Roll, JD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in anxiety relief. He conducts international workshops called The Self Confidence Seminar, Overcoming Anxiety, and Building Children’s Self-Esteem. He is the author of 11 books, including Self Esteem in the Talmud and When the Going Gets Tough. He is the founder and Director of JED: Jewish Empowerment & Destiny, an online platform promoting Jewish Unity in response to October 7th and antisemitism.
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