No more keeping one foot in the Torah world while the other goes tapping for loopholes & goodies in the anti-Torah world.
With the accusations of dual loyalty flung at American Jews by a Muslim Somali-reared congresswoman from Minnesota, it looks like that time is approaching.
This particular bit of Jew-hatred is coming from the Left, but it has also had its proponents from certain elements on the Right for a long time.
And yet again in Jewish history, this is the place for those of opposing ideologies to unite: antisemitism.
Furthermore, I’m not impressed by all the condemnations from politicians and the like—especially those who have shown themselves to be immoral, power-hungry connivers. Decrying bigotry makes them look good and they know it.
While the accusation of conflicting loyalties is an old one for Jew-haters, actually proving your loyalty as a Jew is a bit trickier.
For knowledgeable and solidly Orthodox Jews, it’s actually easier to explain because halacha demands respect for your host country’s laws while cherishing Eretz Yisrael itself (i.e. the Land, regardless of government) and fellow Jews.
What's best for the Jews in Eretz Yisrael according to Torah values is also what's best for America.
Therefore, there is no conflict of interest.
But for less committed and less knowledgeable Jews, answering the charge will take some soul-searching. They’ll have to examine their own priorities and values.
They’ll have to examine their Judaism.
Some Jews will reject Israel. Many on the Left already have.
But I think we’re seeing the initial nudges of a tipping point.
Straightening out your mind and soul before Mashiach needs to occur across Am Yisrael wherever we are.
In Eretz Yisrael, the Left are forming an ominous bloc. And knowing how much Israelis love to vote for new parties, it doesn’t bode well.
While in my non-expert opinion, the Israeli elections will not force Jews to pick a side once and for all, I have a feeling that what comes AFTER the elections might force that hand.
In England, with the surge of the Leftist Jew-haters and Brexit struggles, plus a tsunami of immigration from cultures not known for their love of Jews, it looks like British Jewry is also on its way to a tipping point.
Regarding other Jewish communities around the world, I don’t know enough to say what might push them to the wall of ultimate decision.
How many of us (whether consciously or unconsciously) hold onto beliefs or behaviors that aren’t supported by Judaism—or may even conflict with authentic Torah values?
I’m talking to myself as much as I’m talking to you.
And it’s good to clear out all spiritual chaff we’ve been holding onto, whether we meant to or not.
Days are coming…
And b'ezrat Hashem, our self-introspection & teshuvah will make those days sweet ones.