OPINION & COMMENT
One of the favorite rhetorical bludgeons used against the
religious public in Israel is the "rule of law." Secular
journalists and politicians constantly champion the
importance of the rule of law for democratic systems of
governance like that in Israel, and accuse the religious
community of undermining it whenever we criticize a decision
of the High Court or a law that we consider unjust.
Consolidation and Clarity Among
Sephardic Bnei Torah
This speech was delivered at a meeting of the Marbitzei Torah Sephardim Organization that took place before the last Knesset elections, but it is still relevant every day. The issues may be more prominent during election campaigns, but they are with us day in and day out. The issues discussed include the general need for unity and the specific tasks facing Sephardic bnei Torah.
Militarism Leads To Juvenile
Recent incidents of adolescent violence and murder in Israel have prompted concern within the Israeli society. Suddenly many secular Israeli parents are waking up to a terrifying reality, one in which they cannot be sure that their child on his way to school will not be a victim of some young murderer or alternatively be the murderer himself.
"...And the Levite within your midst, for he has no portion or heritage with you" (Devorim 12:12).
In the previous parsha it is written, "At that time, Hashem set apart the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of Hashem, to stand before Hashem to serve Him and to bless in His name up until this very day." Says Rashi: "At that time -- when you erred with the eigel and the tribe of Levi did not sin -- He set them apart from you."
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