In honor the 4th of July
(come celebrate it this Monday with AACI in Jerusalem!)…
and this week’s Torah portion
It took eleven years for the United States to ratify a constitution that would represent “the people.”
Israel, after 63 years, has yet to ratify one. Two Jews, three opinions; two Israelis, three political parties.
In any case, if Israel were to have a constitution, it would be called a חֻקָּה (khoo-KAH).
The word originates in Biblical Hebrew, the most well-known example of which is the title of this week’s Torah portion: חֻקַּת (khoo-KAHT) – law of… The second verse of the portion reads, זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה… – this is the law of the Torah – (zoht khoo-KAHT hah-toh-RAH), referring to a law that does not provide explanation and accepts no contention; something simple, to the point, and completely authoritative.
Kind of like a constitution.
שבת שלום וסוף שבוע נעים!
Shabbat Shalom and have a pleasant weekend!
עמי – Ami