March 29th, 2010
11:59 AM ET

Opinion: Moses is America's prophet

This week, beginning with Passover and ending with Easter, is "Moses week" in America. It's the one time of year when the biblical hero steps to the forefront of religious ritual, renewing the special bond that has existed between the great prophet and the United States for over 400 years.

Moses was an American icon long before there was an America. When the Pilgrims left England in 1620, they described themselves as the chosen people fleeing their pharaoh, King James. On the Atlantic, they proclaimed their journey to be as vital as "Moses and the Israelites when they went out of Egypt." And when they got to Cape Cod, they thanked God for letting them pass through their fiery Red Sea.

Read the full commentary by author Bruce Feiler

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  1. Chaim

    Quit worshipping Moses. Seriously.
    He didn't want it when he was alive, he most certainly doesn't want it now.
    The guy came from Egypt, a land where important people were regularly venerated as Gods, and said "This is not for us. We don't do this."
    He was punished by G-d for implying, out of frustration, that maybe he was responsible for water pouring from a rock and not G-d.
    Lastly, he died alone in the desert. He didn't want anyone to know where he died, or was buried. He wanted to be left alone. He knew that people tend to do things like build giant temples revering important dead people as holy, and wanted none of it. That's not what we do. This is not for us. Respect the man's beliefs by honoring what he honored. Check out your local library and read up on Jewish thought. Donate some money to Jewish charities. This is what you should do.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
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