Weekly Torah Portion

I'm confused. Here in Israel we have elections coming up in a few weeks, and I’ll be damned if there’s a party on the ballot I feel good voting for. ISIS is going crazy in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Libya; Syria itself is a bloody mess; radical Muslims are killing Jews and non-Jews at a fairly rapid clip in Europe, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how the west should respond to all of this. Massive military intervention feels good, but will that solve the problem? Exacerbate it? What about Iran and the bomb? Is Bibi perhaps clumsy, but essentially right?


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