G-d, Woke, and Morality

We are living in very tumultuous times. The representation of truth and morality, has very different extremes. The “woke” culture, borders on nothing less than insanity. Everyone has their own definition of right and wrong.

Some believe that “if it feels good, it must be right.” Others believe that as long as it’s not racist, it is probably okay. And still others would say that one’s view must reflect democratic principles. What remains, is a chaotic situation.

The Al-mighty G-d, in His abundant wisdom, recognized the need to give His version of right, truth, and morality, in His book, known as the Bible. Because of His perfection, these principles were meant for all time. They could not be undone by a democratic vote, that passed laws deciding on a “new morality.”

The arrogance or ignorance that allows people to believe that they could be more compassionate than G-d, is astounding. The rules laid out by G-d for all mankind, are not necessarily easy to follow, but they are right.

We are witnessing what happens to a world that has no such yardstick. People have shown that they are capable of believing the absurd to be right. When G-d gave the Jewish people the Torah, He warned that if it was not observed, the world would return to תהו ובוהו, the chaotic state before creation.

Many people are down on religion, because of those who pervert it. A tremendous number of deaths have occurred in the name of religion. And there are many turned off to religion, because it was misrepresented, or “stuffed down their throats.”
Despite all of that, we must remember that the Torah is perfect. Those who practice it, are not.

Like it or not, as Jews, we pray and believe that the day will come when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.” Perhaps the world first needs to hit rock bottom before we get there. Sadly, we are almost there.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at