By Dr Winston Pickett, January 22, 2009
As an American and as a Jew, I have many different reactions to Tuesday’s events in Washington. But they all, somehow, come together.
One of the core components of the Obama phenomenon is the way that America, and indeed much of the world, is caught up in the story of his personal ascent to the presidency. For me, Obama’s journey is compelling precisely because of the way it touches on a deeper narrative of redemption — not a specific, Christological redemption, but one that hearkens back to an earlier Biblical recension.