There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history. It is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.
Nixon’s full term was one of the most successful in U.S. history, which is why he was re-elected by the largest plurality in the country’s history.
Jews have a special relationship to books, and the Haggadah has been translated more widely, and reprinted more often, than any other Jewish book. It is not a work of history or philosophy, not a prayer book, user’s manual, timeline, poem or palimpsest – and yet it is all these things.
What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protest? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows that hopes raised by such events are often dashed, sooner rather than later.