Kenneth Cohen

Who Taught the World Morality

There is a point that needs to be made regarding the insanity that we have been witnessing since October the 7th. The record needs to be set straight.

When the Jewish people are asked at Mount Sinai whether they are prepared to accept the Torah, they first answer, “We will do.” They are asked the same question again, and they answer with, We will do and we will hear.”

The second answer reflected a willingness to observe all of the commandments of the Torah, without knowing what would be expected of us.

The first question we were asked was whether or not we were prepared to accept our unique יעוד, or destiny. Moshe explained that it would be the responsibility to teach the world morality.

While the rest of the world might choose to act in a wild and immoral fashion, the Jewish people were to be the anchor of the world.

We gave the world the Torah and Ten Commandments, and we were given the task of showing by example, all that is good and holy. It is written that the nations of the world will marvel at the Divine wisdom and sanctified practices of the Jewish. Only a wise and understanding people as the Jews could have such laws.

We need to be reminded of this fact, as Israel continues to fulfill their special destiny in the way it conducts itself.

This demonstrates the absolute absurdity of Israel constantly being lectured by other countries and bodies that don’t know the first thing about morality, and right and wrong.

Has America or the European Union, or ICC, shown itself as having superior values to the Chosen People. It is Chutzpah of the highest magnitude to be judged by these pathetic bodies.

We need to remind ourselves who we are, and be proud to be the “People of the Book.” The Jewish people will live forever, while those who lecture us will fall to oblivion.

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