STATE OF THE STATE
Rabbi David Walk
Phew! Thank God we have Israeli Independence Day this week, so I don't have to write about the weekly parsha. There are a few Torah readings which are hard to write about every year, but the two coming up, Tazria and Metzora are just too much for me. Discussing the diseases detailed in these sections reminds me why I didn't go into medicine. I get queasy too easily. But talking about the State of Israel on its sixty-fourth birthday, well, that's a topic that we can sink our teeth into.
Before I get started on the problems of
The question I want to ask is what is the greatest threat to the continued existence of our beloved homeland? Obviously, one could make a strong case for numerous candidates. However, there are two most apparent contenders for this distinction. First is the threat of
But I'm a rabbi not a political scientist. Clearly, the point I want to make is in the realm of Torah and Judaism, not the military and politics. The threats I fear don't menace the existence of
The simplest answer to why we would want a Jewish state is practical. The state saves Jewish lives. In the words of Rabbi Soloveitchik, before the
This is not the vision of many of the founders of modern Zionism. They talked about having a state like any other state. They wanted to stop being different from everyone else. They wanted a state with police (Yes, and criminals!), newspapers, and trash collection. Is that what we dreamed about throughout the millennia? To be just like everyone else? I certainly hope not.
To fulfill the Torah requirements of a state, must we establish the realities of ancient
So, I return to my initial question. What's the greatest threat to
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