To The Editor:
You might find the following of interest:
Davka on Shabbos Shemos was the inauguration
of George Bush as the new president of America -- the very
day on which we read the posuk: "And a new king
Was it the Supreme Court of America that decided whether the
president would be Bush or Gore? No -- it was the Torah: we
read in parshas Shemos about the "sneh" -- the
burning bush. The name "Bush" is thus mentioned explicitly
in the parshah.
In parshas Shemos, we are introduced to Yisro, the
former adviser to Pharaoh. One of Yisro's names was Keini.
Who became the Vice President and adviser to Bush on
Bush selected representatives of every minority in America
to his Cabinet -- except one group -- the Jews. What does it
say in Shemos?
"A new king arose over Egypt who did not know of Joseph" --
i.e. a new President arose in the US who did not recognize
the contribution which the Jew (represented in the Torah by
Joseph) had made to the previous development of his
There are no coincidences. The Torah had already decreed
that there would come a parshas Shemos on which "a
new king would arise" -- whose name would be Bush, whose
adviser would be Cheney and who would not know Joseph -- who
would turn his back on the Jews.
Hopefully, just as the new king who arose in Egypt signaled
the beginning of that geulah, so should the new king
who arose (again) on Parshas Shemos signal the
beginning of the final geulah.
A Reader in South Africa
The Editor Replies: These are cute observations, but
should not be taken as anything more than that. Many U.S.
presidential inaugurations must have taken place around