- Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander
- Duration: 4 min
How Jewish Should the 'Jewish State' Be? (Ekev 5780)
- 3 min 39 sec
What does it mean to be a “Jewish state”? A state whose laws are based on halacha – Jewish law? Or a state that serves as a homeland for the Jewish People, but which is more “kosher style” regarding halacha? We are confronted with variations of these questions all the time, such as the recent Knesset debate on whether to outlaw “conversion therapy,” or the perennial debate about whether or not public transportation should be permitted on Shabbat. These questions are not just for the philosophers of Facebook and Twitter to debate. How these and other questions are answered have a real impact on the lives of everyday people. Our parsha, Parshat Ekev, provides guidance on how we might view this very sensitive issue.