Hello to the millions of viewers of Morethodoxy,
Someone challenged my recent post about my ideas on Israel, saying that it did not belong on a blog about Modern Orthodoxy, or even Morethodoxy. However, I want to emphasize that even though my fellow bloggers may certainly disagree with me, passionately, having strong views on the security and peace of Israel certainly is part of a Morethodox Hashkafa (viewpoint). How could it not be? Orthodoxy should not only shape whether we think it is OK to go to college, or to support women rabbis, or how high a mechitza should be, it should motivate us to be the greatest supporters of the Jewish state there are. No one should be more passionate about , or have more ideas to help, the Jewish state than a Morethodox Jew. Now, it is a question if a Jew in the Diaspora has a right to get involved in internal Israeli affairs. After all, it is Israelis who send their kids to the army, not us, usually. This is a point we can disagree on, but we should not disagree that we should be committed to supporting the future of the Jewish state in any way we feel we can.
I just want to add that my family and I are planning aliya in the summer of 2011 to a new town in the Negev, Carmit, and, therefore, I expect that I will serve in the IDF, God willing in the Border Patrol (Mishmar HaGvul) and, unless we get peace fast fast fast – with One State or Two States or something else – I fully expect that my children will have to serve in the IDF – and will serve proudly.
Most important thing about Morethodoxy: being passionate and unafraid. Let the discussion continue – passionate and unafraid.