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In the days of awe one of the prominent topics is G-d as our king. But as a modern person who lives in a democracy, a monarchy is not my ideal form of government. Sure, a monarchy with a perfect king would be better than all the historical examples of kings we have. But still, is it some ideal I am praying for? Not really.

Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way. This is how the blogger of Rationalist Medical Halacha resolves the issue with the help of the Rambam (Clashing Values – Rosh Hashanah and Rationalist Medical Ethics):

But the term management, when applied to God, has not the same meaning which it has when applied to us; and when we say that He rules His creatures we do not mean that He does the same as we do when we rule over other beings. The term “rule” has not the same definition in both cases: it signifies two different notions, which have nothing in common but the name.
(Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim 3:23)

We should not project our human concepts onto G-d. The language we use is just an approximation of what G-d or his reign is really like. It’s a metaphor, not to be taken literally.

I wish all of my readers shana tova uMetuka. May you be inscribed for a good life in the coming year.

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