By HaRav Dov Begon
Rosh HaYeshiva, Machon Meir
The star of David -- the symbol emblazoned upon the flag of the State of Israel, contains
an allusion to the complexity of the Jewish People. The star of David is a single object, yet it is
composed of opposing points. It is the same with the Jewish People: “The Israelites shall camp
with each person near the banner having his paternal family’s insignia” (Numbers 2:2). On the
one hand, we find a profusion of banners, and on the other hand, we are “one nation in the
Land” (II Samuel 7:23).
Regarding the blessing of Moses, “G-d was King in Jeshurun, when the people’s leaders
gathered themselves together and the tribes of Israel were united” (Deuteronomy 33:5), Rashi
comments, “‘When the people’s leaders gathered themselves together’ -- When they gather
together as one group, with peace reigning between them, G-d is then their King, but not when
there is strife among them.”
Right now, we are seeing political parties whose purpose it is to paint “the
star of David” in different shades which will give expression to the various views and political
streams within the nation. That variety finds voice in the profusion of political parties, with
each sector striving to increase the area colored by it in the national spectrum.
At times, the political struggles are harsh and volatile, yet we must remind ourselves over
and over that despite the differences, the controversies and the opposing views, we are one
people. True valor and national maturity consist of our continuing together despite the
differences and opposing views.
To remain as one despite differences in viewpoint and mentality is a major prerequisite
of family life, as well as in the life of a society and a nation. Quite the contrary, it is the
profusion of different outlooks and the struggle between streams of thought which ultimately
brings about the right balance in the social fabric. And all of this with faith in the Eternal One
of Israel, faith that above all, there is a Guardian, and that He who chooses His people Israel
with love is leading us safely up the ascending path towards complete redemption.
Longing for salvation,