June 26, 2020
For any nation, based upon the principals of Democracy, it is imperative that all concerns of its citizens should be taken into consideration and resolve the issue(s). It begins with the local representatives’ responsibility to find solutions. That is why they are elected in order to preserve harmony and honesty in each one’s community. Like a disease, if its not checked early, the consequences could be life-threatening.
Lessons can be gleaned about leadership from our Torah. After all, many moral and ethical foundations in democratic societies emanate from the Torah. The leader of Israel was to have a copy of the Torah with him constantly to make sure that he governs all levels of the people ethically and morally.
“When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life( so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel. (Deuteronomy 17, 18-20) .When Joshua succeeded his teacher and mentor, the great Lawgiver, Moses, he was reminded to do the same:
Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Lawalways on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you ( and your nation) will be prosperous and successful.”
Democracies face challenges all the time. It is the responsibility of all elected officials to properly address the concerns and provide law and order to all its citizens.
Let us all appreciate the blessings of our country and continue to work together to create greater harmony among all of our citizens.