Yoseph Janowski
By the Grace of G-d

Supreme Court Decision

If I could talk to an Israeli Supreme Court Justice, it might sound like this:

So, I understand that you are about to make a huge decision Tuesday. It’s not every day that you sit down to consider whether you should accept legislation limiting your own power.

You’re upset? Sure, I understand why you would feel that way. No one likes being dictated to.

You know, if you accept the government legislation, you’ll be doing a lot towards bringing peace and unity.

You feel that if you do so, you’ll look weak? Some might think that way. But I have a feeling that many will see it as a sign of character, as you ensure that the public good overrides any personal resentment.

Actually, you Justices have a wonderful and awesome opportunity. Instead of causing friction and possible chaos, endangering the nation, you can do the exact opposite, by issuing a ruling that will bring peace and blessing.

You know, four days after the hearing is Rosh Hashana, when G-d sits and judges the world. When you accept the government’s legislation, and thereby increase goodwill and unity among our people, I can imagine the Supreme Judge and King smiling and granting all of us a good and sweet year.

So when you look at the big picture, you can bring peace and salvation. Indeed Maimonides writes that a person should always consider the scales of the world evenly balanced, and that one good deed can weigh the scales toward salvation for the entire world.

It’s been nice speaking to you. I bless you that you make the right decision, and that you and your entire family be written and sealed for a good and sweet year.

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