Israel Forever

For the week ending 18 February 2006 / 20 Shevat 5766

United We Stand

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

With parliamentary elections in less than six weeks away, the sharp divisions within the populace of the Jewish State are becoming more evident.

The traditional struggle between the Right and the Left has become overshadowed by the emergence of a “Centrist” party threatening both extremes. The conflict between religious and secular parties continues, although the tone is considerably milder since the virtual disappearance of a violently anti-religious party which played a major role in the government formed after the last elections.

All of this is a far cry from the solidarity shown by our ancestors as they stood at Mount Sinai “like one man with one heart”. Perhaps this scene, described by Rashi in his commentary on this week’s Torah portion, serves as a reminder that the only way Jews can ever be truly united is when they share a common commitment to the eternal values of Torah.

Only such a commitment can create the unity we need to protect forever.

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