Israel Forever

For the week ending 20 May 2006 / 22 Iyyar 5766

Seven Steps to Disaster

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

“If one fails to study Torah this leads to neglect of observing its commandments. This is followed by disgust for those who are observant and then by a hatred of Torah scholars. The inevitable results are preventing others from observance, denying the validity of the commandments and totally abandoning the faith…”

These “seven steps to disaster”, which Rashi quotes from our Talmudic Sages, are based on passages in Parshat Bechukotai which will be read this Shabbat in synagogues throughout Israel and the world.

When we reflect on the polarization that exists in Israel between the religious and secular communities, we see how the above-mentioned seven steps explain the root of the problem.

One of the big challenges facing the new government is how to deal with education in Israel, both in the religious and secular schools. It is to be hoped that an initiative will be taken to eliminate the ignorance of Torah, which is the first of the seven steps, and thus secure Israel forever.

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