Warning: Being ‘Karov Lamalchus’ is Risky

The Mishna in Avos 2:3 states:

הוו זהירין ברשות, שאין מקרבין לו לאדם אלא לצרך עצמן. נראין כאוהבין בשעת הנאתן. ואין עומדין לו לאדם בשעת דחקו

My translation:

Beware the authorities, for thy embrace a man solely for own benefit. They appear friendly to him when it suits their purposes, but do not save him in his hour of distress.

I haven’t read it, but this book seems to illustrate this Mishna: “The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State” by Benjamin Ginsberg (among related insights).

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