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Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
Iyar 13, 5769, 5/7/2009
People love to rationalize that we must adhere to all sorts of "moral standards," because they claim that we're supposed to be a "Light Unto The Nations."
If so, do it properly. Be a "sun" and not a "moon." Israeli politicians like Israel's President and veteran politician Shimon Peres haven't a clue as to what the true Jewish Light is. You can see/hear it in his fawning attitude towards the United States. He's speaking like a moon, not a sun with its own light source.
If we acted like a sun, following Judaism, rather than fad of the day philosophies and the world's public opinion, we'd be a genuine light to the nations.
"Light" in this context is leadership, and leadership means that we use our needs and sources to make decisions. We shouldn't look for anybody's approval but G-d's.
Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook, ZaTzaL, used light as his main image in Orot Hakodesh, Holy Lights.
The "light" of Judaism, as described by HaRav Kook is not the light the world is seeing from us today.