Where Representative Government Began

Torat-Synagoge-Glockengasse“Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens” (Exodus 18:21).

Moses’ father-in-law outlining the four qualities of good leaders:

Good leaders must be able.
Good leaders must be God-fearing.
Good leaders must be lovers of truth.
Good leaders must be honest.

The 12 Hebrew tribes were ruled by leaders that started at the local level, a small group, a neighborhood, a town, county, and the heads of tribes (thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens).
These leaders lived and were directed by law (The Torah) just as our leaders are directed by our law (Constitution).

This was the model the American founders looked to when developing our representative system of government.

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