R’ Avigdor Miller on America’s success

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Q: Why did Hashem make the United States such a rich country?  

A: Why did Hashem give prosperity to America? Now that’s a question you’ll need Hashem to answer, but I’ll take my little one cent brain and I’ll say a s’vara. I’ll say that it was because America allowed the Am Yisroel to come here and it gave them opportunities to live with full rights.  Other countries didn’t do that all the way back; but America, right from the beginning, gave us full rights.

It’s not America’s fault that we misused those rights.  It’s not America’s fault that we came and forced our way into gentile communities where we didn’t belong – that’s not the fault of the gentiles. But Hakodosh Boruch Hu gave America a certain reward because of its kindliness to the Am Yisroel.  In addition, America was once a decent country. At first, America was a very moral country. You still see on the coins, “In G-d We Trust.” I don’t know how long it’s going to last.  The Supreme Court one of these days will strike it down. Imagine such a thing – a country that writes on its coins, “In G-d We Trust”  They deserve a reward just for that! So America at one time deserved all this prosperity. What’s going to happen in the future, I cannot foretell.

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