When a mega-millionaire is murdered, long-held secrets begin to unravel that leads back to a major scandal from the early days of the Allied Occupation of Germany. As the plot unfolds, a journalist, a small town New Jersey police chief, a Boston detective, an Army CID man, a Wall Street lawyer, a university instructor, and an FBI special agent form an alliance that, in the end, results in the creation of the informal and fabled Last Resort team.
The true lesson of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, and the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, is that consequences must be considered. If God was the ultimate author of the calamities of 70 C.E., then it was God Himself who rejected following a strict interpretation of halachah in the face of impending disaster. It was He who punished His people for not allowing a more liberal interpretation of the law to hold sway long enough to avert disaster.
Sometimes, God was saying, religious authorities must set aside their aversion to compromise. When the fate of the People Israel is at stake, they must be more accepting of other views and must be more honest in admitting that their views may not be the only ones that will please God. They can hold to their views, but they must neither demonize nor delegitimate those who think differently.
We would applaud even louder if the deputy minister of education — a representative of the charedi Agudath Israel party — would join the parents in protecting the schoolchildren and condemning the violence. He will not do so, however, because charedi leaders say they do not want to identify with what they see as anti-charedi elements. Translated, that means the modern Orthodo
The Jewish Standard by: Shammai Engelmayer Editorial Published: 18 May 2012 Memo to all those hardliners who believe that not getting serious with negotiations with the Palestinians will wear them down and, eventually, lead to a one-state solution, with Jerusalem permanently in control of all the Land of Israel: Without a doubt, you will get […]