A great editorial about the Israeli Higher Court Deliberations and Delineations.

Read this editorial from the left wing Yediot  from ynet by Professor Daniel Friedman

Professor Daniel Friedmann
Professor Daniel Friedman

who makes important points.

Would the Australian High Court judge whether Pauline Hanson was permitted to be a candidate in an election? Would a High Court decide whether a vote of politicians, a referendum, or a plebiscite is the appropriate mechanism to decide the acceptability of secular gay marriage?

There is certainly a friction between the courts carrying the law, and their seeming assumed role to define  the parameters of Israeli life, culture, politics and values. The latter are safe in a sane democracy, which Israel is, albeit with the usual political compromises (one only has to watch Malcolm Turnbull in Australia have to encounter a range of single views in order to pursue the mandate he was given). When one puts the High or Supreme courts on pedestals that extend their brief, one is entitled to question this phenomenon.

It’s a very fundamental editorial and one that those from the left and right wing of our Society should think deeply about.

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

6 thoughts on “A great editorial about the Israeli Higher Court Deliberations and Delineations.”

      1. Compared to the old picture of you, the new photo is “universally seen as” much a better one.

        If one is on the North Pole (or the South Pole), where does he point to for MIZRACH?


        1. We face north mainly in Melbourne. I’d guess you faced in the ‘shortest’ direction to Israel. The issue of which direction you face is not universally Mizrach in the poskim, but some advocate swinging or being slightly aligned to mizrach. At the end of the day, from what I remember this isn’t a deal breaker issue. It’s more of an issue if you face a completely different direction to the Kahal. In the North and Soth Pole I doubt you’d even have a minyan 🙂


          1. I am not looking for a MINYAN on the Pole. I was just asking: is there an east on the Pole?
            It was just a thought of drawing lines or pinpoint points. You say: “Compared to the Jerusalem Post they are universally seen as left.” You draw a line at the Jerusalem Post and “measure” from there who is left and who is right. If Judaism would draw a line from Satmar, I would probably not be considered as part of AM YISROEL.
            It was just a bit of humor. On the North Pole we have south. On the South Pole we have north. Do we have on any of the Poles East or West?


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