Thursday, May 21, 2015

Torah as Jewish Culture

By Moshe Feiglin

The Scroll of Ruth that we will be reading on the holiday of Shavuot this Sunday is the story of the Jewish People living their Torah culture in their Land. Boaz is not a yeshiva head or a famous rabbi. He is a Jew who works his land. The working people in the Scroll of Ruth remain in their Land despite the famine and abandonment by their leaders. They conduct themselves according to the cultural code of faith and loving kindness that they absorbed from the Torah and that is part of their lives.
That is also our goal; to turn our Torah into our culture. “You know,” said one of the senior managers of the Knesset channel after I finished an interview there, “all sorts of religious MK’s come through our studio. I am secular – I try to understand them, but I just can’t. You are the only person with a kippah on his head that I can understand.”
I do not think that he meant that the religious MKs are not expressing themselves with enough eloquence. I think that he sensed the connection that Manhigut Yehudit makes between Judaism and reality.
The Scroll of Ruth teaches us that this authentic connection bears the secret of redemption. Many we merit to bring it soon!
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Shavuot

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