Mosaic Perspective

10 Mar

   Writing on Moshe Rabeinu’s birthday, the 7 of the month of Adar, I can’t help but wonder how Moses would translate today’s issues into his own Mosaic terms.  Here are the current issues coming up for vote in the Israeli Knesset:  The voting threshold that will allow a party into the Knesset, whether the Ultra religious will join the Israeli army, and a referendum on any agreement to give up parts of the land of Israel.  The voting threshold may be equivalent to the size of a tribe.  Although the division of the land of Israel took place according to lottery, the larger the tribe was, the more land it needed.  Who will join the army?  That’s easy – Moshe made it clear that nobody is exempt.  No tribe could refuse to serve in the army.  And finally, the referendum regarding land concessions – to Moshe’s mind, that didn’t exist.  He was coming to Israel in order to conquer it – all of it – and certainly not to cede part of it to any enemy.  So, reflecting on his birthday, it would seem that we have drifted away from the Mosaic concepts.  However, we are only one week away from Purim, so everything could change quickly…

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