By Moshe Feiglin
And you shall observe them and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples, that, when they hear all these statutes, shall say: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' (From this week's Torah portion, Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 4:6)
When they came to establish a nation on the foundation of liberty, America's founding fathers turned to the Bible. The Biblical principles that they adopted were the secret of America's success. The downgrade of the US credit rating parallels the downgrading of those principles.
The depth of the Divine wisdom concealed within the ancient words of the Torah is well known to the nations. They are fully aware that the authentic application of that wisdom is exclusively in the hands of the Nation of Israel. It is Israel that testifies to the existence of G-d and it is Israel's responsibility to actualize His message of liberty and prosperity for all humanity.