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In shul this past Shabbat, our community’s Rav declared that he isn’t endorsing any particular party.
However, he stressed that each person should vote for the party that s/he believes would best protect and defend Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael v’Torat Yisrael (the People of Israel, the Land of Israel, and the Torah of Israel).
How should one determine which party best meets this criteria?
The Rav observed that the Hebrew word melech (king) is comprised of three letters:
- Mem – which stands for mo’ach (the brain), which represents the intellect.
- Lamed – which stands for lev (the heart), which represents the emotions.
- Kaf – which stands for kaved (the liver), which represents ka’as, anger.
According to the Rav, it’s not coincidental that the Mem comes first, because when it comes to matters of state, the intellect must take the lead.
Similarly, the Rav continued, when deciding how to vote, one should be guided primarily by one’s intellect.
Therefore, even if one is upset or even angered by something that a certain party did or didn’t do, one should still make a rational, objective calculation about whether or not that party is nevertheless best able and most likely to protect and defend Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael.
As I noted above, the Rav was very careful to avoid endorsing or even recommending any particular party.
In contrast, I admit that I have much less compunction, and thus, I will state the following:
1) The would-be duumvirate known locally as “Tzippi/Bouji” has made it quite clear that Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael do not play prominent (or perhaps even any) roles in its members’ Leftist and post-Zionist worldviews.
2) Voting for any of the self-styled “Centrist” parties – including Yisrael Beiteinu, Kulanu, and most especially Yesh Atid – will enable Tzippi/Bouji to form and lead the next government.
My dear friends, please keep these two very important points in mind when heading to vote tomorrow.
May these elections herald besurot tovot, yeshu’ot v’nechamot (good tidings, salvation, and consolation) for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael.