This week features:
Magnificent Obsession with the Temple Mount
Israel’s 19th Knesset and Parashat Mishpatim: Everything is from Sinai
This is a week of covenants. As the members of Israel’s 19th Knesset are sworn in and pledge to serve the State of Israel and the Jewish people, this week’s Torah portion of Mishpatim finds the people of Israel still standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, receiving the details of their obligations to G-d, and entering into a covenant with Him: “Moshe took the Book of the Covenant and read it within the earshot of the people, and they said, ‘Everything that Hashem has said, we will do, and we will obey!’ “
Is it coincidence that Israel’s new Knesset, representatives of Israeli law, takes its oath during the week in which the Torah emphasizes the entire nation’s oath to uphold Hashem’s law? We don’t believe in coincidence. As we’ve said before, the past isn’t even past. We’re still standing at Sinai and our covenant with the Almighty is still predicated on action – on fulfilling our role in this world.