“One of the central lessons of Jewish existence is that powerlessness leads to catastrophe. A people can never put itself at the mercy of the marauding beast. It can never depend on outside protectors, they won’t come. They won’t come to save you. ”
The idea that a nation state can, or will, protect the people who live in their lands is laughable. The nation state exists to protect itself, nothingmore. Ask the Germans how well their nation protected them. Or the Soviets. Or the French. Or the Spanish. And that’s just the Europeans!
It seems to me, apostate that I am, that the Rabbi in this case is placing his faith in a nation state, rather than the divinity that I’d expect him to have faith in. Has Israel become his golden calf?