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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu> Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 19:21:20 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Why Slavery will be Moral in King Mesiah's time Chaim Shapiro (v29n04) makes the rash remark that "Slavery bereft of racism does not violate the ultiate view of morality". Despite Chaim's fears that he would be attacked no one even commented. So let me add fuel to the fire and explain WHY Slavery is moral. According to Rav Hirsch slavery is moral because the person who was sold by the courts was a thief (without enough money to pay). Under our prison system the person would go to jail, possibly get involved with criminals, drugs and sex and therefore not come out a better person. But our way of doing it is different. The criminal becomes apprenticed to a single Jew who acts as his mentor and social worker. This person has total rights over the criminal (monetary, sexual etc). In the ideal world the Jew uses these rights to show the criminal how to do a descent days work and treat people nicely. The result: when he "earns back what he stole" he is a transformed person and goes free. True in our present world no one individual should be trusted with such a responsibility (which is why there is no slavery today). But when the Mesiah comes the slavery method will be preferable to the prison method. I really think that Chaim and I deserve at least some comments!!! Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA RJHendel@Juno.Com Moderator Rashi Is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/