February 5, 2016

NO WONDER WE DON'T THINK THERE'S ENOUGH RELIGIOUS TALK ON THE TRAIL:

Meet the Rabbi Who Asked Hillary Clinton a Question -- and Got Whole Nation Thinking (Nathan Guttman, Feb 4, 2016, The Forward)

Spira-Savett, leader of the Conservative Beth Abraham in Nashua, posed what could only be viewed as an unusual question to the leading candidate. He quoted a Hassidic tale from the 18th century sage Rabbi Simcha Bunim about the balancing ego and humility. "Every person has to have two pockets and in each pocket they have to carry a different note. And the note in one pocket says the universe was created for me. And in the other pocket the note says I am just dust and ashes."

The question Spira-Savett posed to Clinton was: "How do you cultivate the ego, the ego that we all know you must have, a person must have to be the leader of the free world, and also the humility to recognize that we know that you can't be expected to be wise about all the things that the president has to be responsible for?"

Clinton, visibly intrigued by the question, talked about her daily struggle to maintain the right balance between humility and ego and said she seeks advice through daily scripture study and discussions as well as from notes she receives from rabbis. "I don't know that there is any ever absolute answer, like, 'OK, universe, here I am, watch me roar,' or, 'Oh, my gosh, I can't do it, it's just overwhelming, I have to retreat,'" Clinton said.

It's a Puritan nation.



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