The challenge facing Israel isn’t just to learn from past mistakes, but also to learn from past successes. How might we combine the lessons learned in exile with our native bottom-up organizational culture to build a more resilient society?
What is behind Yaakov’s sudden adoption of Yosef’s two sons? And why does he make Yosef swear to bury him in the land of Canaan? Is his son’s word not enough? It seems that Yaakov–or rather, Yisrael–is once more taking the helm of the family, and he is about to hatch his most daring plot of all!
In the weeks ahead, Israel will be facing one of the hardest tests a nation ever has to face, and it isn’t what we might think. The test is not to stay strong under the threat of rockets fired at our population centers, nor of repelling vicious incursions from across our borders, nor even of standing against the hatred of the nations when we fight back. The war now facing the State of Israel poses a greater challenge, and that is to hold on to the high moral standards that have sustained us since Israel’s founding. We must ensure that we do not become the very thing that we are fighting against.