Friday, May 25, 2012

Sign the Contract

From a letter to Moshe Feiglin, written this week by one of Manhigut Yehudit's "secular" members:

Dear Moshe,

I once again studied our contract with G-d and the reality described in the book of Leviticus chapter 26. After the promises of the benefits we will receive if we uphold the contract (And you will eat your bread to satiation and you will dwell securely in your Land) and before the promise that even if we do not uphold the contract and we are expelled from here, G-d will still keep the Land for us (And I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell there shall be astonished) come the warnings about what will happen to us if we do not uphold the contract. Among all the other calamities, are the words: And your strength will be spent in vain.

And your strength will be spent in vain is our reality today. Our national gear box is in neutral. We have a government with unprecedented power, an economy that is burgeoning even as the rest of the world economies sink, we have the potential to blow up the entire Middle East and the ability to turn off half the world's electricity with just a few clicks of the computer in Glilot. Nevertheless, we are drifting along, abstaining, giving in and unable – neither physically nor spiritually – to deal with our problems: Not only are we incapable of dealing with Iran or the Arabs; we can't even figure out how to deal with the Africans infiltrating our country.

We have a contract that is clear, logical, worthwhile and simply necessary within the framework of reality in this Land. The contract even includes a supernatural insurance policy that guarantees us a reserved space here even if we abrogate it. And today, after millennia of experience, we are supposed to understand that it is best if we keep our end of the deal; it is simply the right thing to do.

It is up to us to choose.


The holiday of Shavuot is the time when we renew our contract with G-d. May we be loyal to all its clauses!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Shavuot

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