By Rabbi Ben Tzion Kokis
The movement to draft bnei Torah in Eretz Yisroel, under the banner of shivyon banetel, “sharing the burden,” has sent tremors throughout our world. And rightfully so: Any threat to the independent character of yeshivos, and the authority of their leaders to dictate the terms of Torah chinuch, is indeed a mortal blow.
What is our response? Is there a counter-attack that we, as a community of ma’aminim bnei ma’aminim, can mount?
The instinct to condemn the “memsheles zadon,” the “government of iniquity,” which brought about this crisis is instinctive. It also fits right in with the political landscape through which the insidious legislative process is unfolding.
However, there is another dimension to this struggle, which may have transformative power. Drawing upon it will also enable us to speak in our own voice, rather than the acrimony that is bred in the context of political confrontation. Rather than just reacting to our detractors, we can set the terms of the discussion and speak with the strength that flows from the deepest sources of our identity. We can speak about emunah.
Let us step back for a moment and attempt to look at the broader panorama. Read the full article here.