Ruth Calderon, a new member of the Israeli Knesset and Talmud scholar, discusses in this speech about the need for children to understand their Jewish heritage. This is essential not only for Israeli Jews but for Jews worldwide. For too long the idea of Torah and Talmud has been relegated to the heredi and ultra-orthodox branches of Judaism. But Calderon speaks of a tradition and heritage that can teach Jews worldwide who they are and where they come from. It is a treasure that belongs to every Jew. It is essential for a person to go forward they need to understand where they come from.
The same could be said for the history of the United States. There needs to be more civics taught. There needs to be more education about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There needs to be a greater understanding of what our nation stands for and why it has always been the hope of freedom to the rest of the world.
None of those that came before us, and who gave their last full measure of devotion, did so in order that their posterity would be enslaved by a government. Their shoulders are broad, but it is up to us to make sure that their sacrifices for our freedom were never in vain.