The Erev Rav who govern Israel are absolutely thrilled with this dynamic. So long as the Dati Leumi and the Charedim loathe one another, or at least live in completely separate worlds, the Erev Rav are the biggest winners.
National holidays are Jewish holidays. Biblical themes run throughout society, the food, the culture, and
even the musac in malls and other public places is Jewish.
The differences between my bar mitzvah preparation and those actively affirming their place as part of the Jewish people and all facets of that, could not have been more stark.
The eighth day of the Feast of Sukkot marks the joyous celebration of the turning over of the Torah (Simchat Torah), where the study of Deuteronomy has been completed and study of Genesis is begun.
And used his immunity as a Knesset member to smuggle a Torah scroll into a Reform gathering as a favor and an act of identification.
As Jews and Christians strive to exalt God in all our actions, while Jethro wasn’t present physically at Mt. Sinai, being a gentile, it underscores vividly how Jews and Christians need to stand together.
So, is there a war with God? Is that even possible? A controversial title for-sure.
There is nothing new under the sun. No matter the situation, we can find precedent and guidance in the Torah. There is a lot of noise out there; we must tune it out and take refuge in the timeless lessons waiting quietly in our holy books.
The idea of observing a second Passover is God’s gift of a do-over.
Everything seems to be taking a deep breath, resting, as it were. It’s as if God is making a statement. It shows us that there is a greater Power in charge of it all, because so much of what is happening is beyond our control.