Day 46 of the Omer
It was (and still is) a long, hard spiritual climb from Mitzrayim to Har Sinai. Even among those who made it, there were those who regretted their choice to come along. Most especially the Erev Rav. Their souls still cling to to Egypt rather than to HKB"H. And they have brought Egypt here - to Eretz Yisrael.
But it won't stand. It is the Creator's will that Am Yisrael live in Eretz Yisrael according to the Laws of Torat Yisrael. And so it shall be - for the faithful few who remain along with Mashiach Tzidkeinu.
The Jews have never been ruled by Jewish lawThis is, of course, what we have now and it is a miserable failure. What most people seem to misunderstand is that the decision to abide by Torah Law was already made and ratifed by a covenant with the Master of the World 3300+ years ago at Har Sinai; an occasion we will be commemorating in four days' time.
Opinion: Other than creating headlines for far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich, talk of Halacha a system of laws is unrealistic and undesired for most Israelis, for a Jewish and democratic state must aspire to values of equality and civil rights
by Chen Sror Artzi
I will reveal a secret: most religious Israelis do not want the Halacha (Jewish religious law) as the law of the land.
This does not make them any less religious and or any less Jewish; they just know that is not a viable option.
...The State of Israel, or what the religious right would call the "start of our redemption", is a rare opportunity - one our forefathers could only dream of - to create a sovereign Jewish state.
With the opportunity comes a responsibility to maintain a society respectful of all its components under the twin banners of Judaism and democracy.
Extreme rhetoric eats away at the faith most of us share and causes us to doubt ourselves and our belief that coexistence is possible in a society where courts are not seen as enemies and the Halacha is not seen as a curse.
Ours should be a society with humanistic values and civil rights that promotes gender equality and an acceptance of others. All the elements of a Jewish democratic system of justice.
It only remains for us to renew our commitment to it.
"...And you will return and listen to the voice of the Lord, and fulfill all His commandments, which I command you this day. ...For the Lord will once again rejoice over you for good, as He rejoiced over your forefathers, when you obey the Lord, your God, to observe His commandments and His statutes written in this Torah scroll, [and] when you return to the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul." (Devarim, chapter 30)