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is greatly misunderstood by non-Jews and even some Jews. It is a matter of pride to be a member of
the 'Chosen People', but, the mistake must not be made of assuming that it denotes superiority, a
notion that is patently false. In which way is one superior? Can a whole nation or race be superior to
any other nation or race? How do we measure superiority, by wealth, health, education, intelligence?
After all, all humankind is descended from Adam and Eve and no person or people or nation can
claim that he, she, or it, is better than any other by virtue of superior birth.
`We must come to the conclusion that 'chosen-ness' does not in any way imply superiority.
The concept of chosen-ness relating to the Jewish people appears in Ex. Ch. 19 V.3-6 immediately
before the account of the Torah being given to the Children of Israel at Mt. Sinai. The Almighty says
to Moses - "...thus shall you say to the house of Jacob and tell to the children of Israel, you have seen what I did to Egypt and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to Myself., now
therefore, if you will obey My voice and keep My cove...
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