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Are You Being Bullied?



In an age of accelerated polarization, we seem to have lost the ability to agree on anything, rendering all previous notions of justice obsolete.


All political discourse is dominated by this trend both locally and internationally. 


As Jews we are particularly profoundly shocked and dismayed. While our brethren in Israel are fighting off an existential threat, the international community is almost unanimous in condemning Israel for protecting itself.


As our ancestors have done for thousands of years, we turn to the Torah to find timeless and universal wisdom to guide us through trying times.


A simple phrase can shed profound light on the current toxic climate.


When asked to encapsulate the entire Torah in one statement, Hillel said, "What is hateful to you, do not do to others." All of Judaism flows from this principle. The entire Torah is commentary on this single idea.


Certainly! Here's the edited version:


"In a simple phrase, we find the essence of justice—a litmus test for a fair society.


Before passing judgment on another individual or nation, one should pose a fundamental question: 'What would I do if I were in your situation?'


A bully is defined as someone who repeatedly intimidates with the intention of demonstrating a power imbalance.


It's time for the people of Israel to stand tall, refusing to be intimidated by bullies, especially those who masquerade as friends. Speaking their language is the only way to gain their respect.


As we reflect on this week's Torah portion: 'I am your G-d who liberated you from the land of the Egyptians, freeing you from slavery, breaking the chains of oppression, and enabling you to walk upright.'"


Yosef Vogel

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