We hope and pray that despite the fact that on a physical level Covid-19 is separating people, on intellectual, ideological and spiritual levels it is channeled into a uniting force.

The World Zionist Congress election is over and it is time to reflect.

Elections, contests, and similar adversarial endeavors are divisive by nature. They pit one group against another, the effects of which are often negative.

Torah from Sinai takes this opportunity to communicate to all participants in the election, from the slates to the voters, that regardless of our differences, we recognize the challenge and embrace the ideas and ideals rooted in the general principal that we must have mutual personal respect for each other, and that we must focus on the beliefs and ideals we agree on, as we are all fellow co-religionists.

Clearly, the various slates that ran in the election have different ideas, ideals, priorities, and philosophies, but those agendas (which for the sake of brevity will be referred to as “Agenda” or “Platform”) should be confined to the realm of how to progress and address issues, and should not invade the mutual personal respect we all have for each other.

Even if we disagree with other slates’ Agendas, and even if we have different levels of observance, beliefs, or outlook for our religion, we recognize that all of the other slates want to help the Jewish people. When it is all said and done we are not only co-religionists, but as Jews we are Brothers and Sisters.

There is a corrosive effect of divisiveness that seems to reign supreme in American politics, which unfortunately has all but destroyed respecting people of differing opinions.  From our perspective, a clear line must be drawn between the two. It is obvious that we have a broad spectrum of ideas, and even when there is agreement in principle we may passionately disagree about priority, but we must still maintain respect for each other. That is one of the basic tenants of our religion, and it is a goal that Torah from Sinai strives to maintain.

We should all learn two of the important lessons of the Holocaust.

1) All of our differences are totally irrelevant when Jews are persecuted for the mere fact that they are Jews, and

2) The most educated, affluent, artistic, successful people can almost at the flip of a switch emerge as rabid anti-Semites seeking to totally eradicate the Jewish nation.

The Haggadah very accurately states that “In every generation there are those who stand ready to annihilate us.” Therefore, we must set aside our differences and unite around that which we can all agree on, and at times agree to disagree and pursue different approaches, all while respecting each other.

We hope and pray for the arrival of Moshiach, a time of world peace and unified consciousness, clarity of vision, clear answers to many of our questions and concerns, unity of ideas, ideals, and purpose, and perception and understanding of the Almighty will be revealed and will prevail.

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