One pundit once quipped that (with apologies to all wonderful mothers-in-law like my own) the definition of ambivalence is the feeling you have when your mother-in-law drives off a cliff in your new Rolls Royce. The turmoil in Egypt should make us feel ambivalent. That the aspirations of a people denied basic freedoms for so long are (hopefully) now being fulfilled, should elate all lovers of democracy. But that the threat to Israel only increases should give us pause. The worry that the Muslim Brotherhood might come to power and abrogate the peace treaty with Israel is real. And the need for Israel to increase its vigilance and military budget to deal with a potential enemy on its flank is likely.
Rabbi Wayne Allen
After being graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rabbi Allen attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned a Masters degree in Rabbinics and went on to receive rabbinic ordination. He has served as a congregational rabbi for almost 34 years, taking on postings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto.