Friday, January 5, 2018

The Government Hierarchy of the Torah

In this post, I would like to discuss the government hierarchy that Torah proposes.

What Torah proposes is not a theocracy and it is more linear than some people think.

Below is the diagram of the IDEAL government hierarchy that Torah proposes. The reason why I call it IDEAL is that Torah expects that the circumstances may be less than ideal as you will see from the second diagram.

So here is the IDEAL hierarchy of the Torah government:

As you can see, the hierarchy is linear with God being on top of it.

However, Torah anticipates that the government may become unstable and therefore it may need additional links in the chain so to speak.

As you can see, in the less than ideal circumstance, the hierarchy can add a Prophet and a King. Torah expects it being done when people stray away from the Torah and want to be more like other nations. This is why we should stick to the IDEAL hierarchy as much as we can.

In other words, Torah says that it is ok NOT to have a King. And Prophets also usually do not come when everything is ok.

As you can see from both diagrams, the hierarchy is not redundant. Instead, the hierarchy can stretch and shrink. This makes the hierarchy just as stable as most redundant hierarchies.

Last, but not least, it is important to understand that as diagrams clearly show one must go through the whole hierarchy when there is an issue of the Torah. In other words, if you have a Torah issue, you do not go straight to the High Priest first, you go to your Chief of 10s or a Judge and they escalate the issue to the higher authority if they can't decide the matter themselves.

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