MembersRight and Left Bend the Middle

God’s Word warns us against becoming too rigid in our political orientation, and thus straying into evil.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Politics
Israeli reserve soldiers and activists protest against the Israeli government's planned judicial reform in the city of Bnei Brak. Photo: Flash90
Israeli reserve soldiers and activists protest against the Israeli government's planned judicial reform in the city of Bnei Brak. Photo: Flash90

People argue about political directions, which in an extreme case leads to elections every few years. Israel elected a right-wing government about six months ago, which is now pulling the entire nation in a direction that not everyone agrees with. For this reason, part of the people protest against the planned judicial reform at the end of every Shabbat.

Most people have found themselves stuck in a particular position on the political map. They say: “I’m on the right” or: “I’m on the left.” Thinking and acting is determined by the respective political attitude. If someone defines themselves as right-wing, they will only read a right-wing newspaper because it presents their right-wing view with the right facts. Consequently, whenever elections are held, he votes for a right-wing candidate. The same applies to the left. When a right-wing politician is suspected of corruption, the right-wing sees it as a conspiracy, but when a left-wing politician is suspected, he is certainly guilty.

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One response to “Right and Left Bend the Middle”

  1. Rabbi Gabriel Lumbroso says:

    King Solomon was against extremes of any kinds:
    In my pointless life, I’ve seen everything—from the righteous person perishing in his uprightness to the wicked one who lives a long life and keeps on doing wrong. So don’t be overly righteous or overly wise; why should you disappoint yourself? But don’t be overly wicked, and don’t be foolish; why should you die before your time? Don’t grasp just one of these rules; take hold of the other as well; for he who is in fear of God will live by both of them.
    (Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 CJB)

    את־הכל ראיתי בימי הבלי ישׁ צדיק אבד בצדקו וישׁ רשׁע מאריך ברעתו׃ 
    אל־תהי צדיק הרבה ואל־תתחכם יותר למה תשׁומם׃ 
      אל־תרשׁע הרבה ואל־תהי סכל למה תמות בלא עתך׃ 
    טוב אשׁר תאחז בזה וגם־מזה אל־תנח את־ידך כי־ירא אלהים יצא את־כלם׃ 

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