Quickly: this is another parshah that warns us against democracy. We are shown, here again, how Jewish leadership is supposed to be installed. Hashem said to Moses "Take to yourself Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lean your hand upon him." (Num. 27:18) Nowhere Hashem tells us "Elect yourselves a knesset that will sit in the morning and will sit in the evening and will give you the laws of the land". Instead, we are told: "You shall return and listen to the voice of Hashem, and perform all his commandments that I command you today" (Deut. 30:8). "All his commandments", that is including the mitzvot that relate to how to conduct our national affairs in Eretz Israel. The Rambam says in Hilchot Melachim 1:1 "Three mitzvot were commanded to Israel on their entering the Land: to appoint a king, as it says "You must appoint a king" (Deut. 17:15), to annihilate Amalek's descendants.. and to build the Temple.
Are we doing any of these things?
Shabat shalom indeed!
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