Let me say at the onset that I do not consider myself to be a sufficient role model when it comes to kibbud av v’eim – the 5th commandment; I humbly acknowledge my abysmal failures and inadequate performance of this critical mitzvah. However, I do detect a perilous and alarming trend, whereby performance of this mitzvah is spiraling to its lowest levels, threatening the very essence of the foundation that has sustained us over the past five millennium.
The Torah tells us that Yisro heard about the wonders Hashem had brought, and he joined the Jewish people. Rashi explains that while Yisro heard about all of the miracles, the two that actually moved him were the splitting of the sea and the war with Amalek. The others were impressive, but these alone actually affected him.
Nearly eighty percent of Americans believe the Bible is either absolutely accurate or at least the “inspired word of God,” surveys have shown. Around the world, Christianity and Islam comprise an estimated eighty-four percent of the world’s population – demonstrating that the Bible clearly has an extraordinary influence over humanity.
It is puzzling, then, that the concept of “exclusive Jewish rights” to Jerusalem has not yet caught on internationally.