Israel Forever

For the week ending 30 May 2009 / 6 Sivan 5769

The Secret of Unity

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Were there any "secular Jews" at Mount Sinai?

As the Festival of the Giving of our Torah is celebrated this Shavuot let us take a look at how the Torah answers this question.

"The entire people responded together and said 'Everything that G-d has spoken we shall do'." (Shemot 19:8)

This was the ultimate expression of national unity when all Jews were "like one man with one heart".

Only a commitment to Torah could unite a people then and only such a commitment can achieve this today. All the conflicts based on political divisiveness and ethnical differences that cause such disunity in our day would disappear if all Jews would be prepared to echo the proud declaration of our ancestors to obey whatever is commanded by G-d.

A unity based on commitment to Torah is what is necessary to secure Israel forever.

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