WHO’S LEADING WHO or The Governance by Mediocrity

While on a visit to Australia, I had the opportunity to observe a local news story that for many Australians stirred their emotions.


The Everest of Emotions

The occasion was a multi-million dollar horse race (the Everest) which had done a deal with vested interests to project the barrier draw etc for the upcoming race onto the iconic sales of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House.

After much debate and heart beating by the local media and concerned citizenry. The Sydney Opera House Trustees decided against its landmark being used for crass commercial opportunism.

It was not long till the outraged Right-leaning talkback media decided enough was enough and demanded the Sydney Opera House chief executive Louise Herron reverse its decision or face the prospect of losing her job.

Within 24 hours the Premier Gladys Berejiklian overrode the Trust and reinstated the commercial exercise.

What Price Popularity

The New South Wales Premier then came under attack from a large sector of NSW voters and the Left-leaning media leaving her vulnerable to accusations of surrendering to the powerful Racing Industry lobby and other interested parties.

She wished she had never entered the fray however it was too late and impolitic to flip-flop again.

These shenanigans of the mediocrity that is  Australian politics, made me think of the times we live in.

Just before Mashiach arrival (Mishna in Sotah) we are told that: “The face of the generation will be like the face of a dog.”

Who is Leading Who

Rabbi Yisrael Salanter says the “face of the generation “ is referring to the world’s leaders and like someone taking his dog for a walk lets the dog run ahead of him and it seems to be leading its owner.

This thought is soon dispelled when the owner changes course and the dog looking constantly back to its master quickly runs after him to take up its prefered position once again in the lead.

And like NSW Premier Berejiklian the world’s leaders are quick to sense their constituents whims and fancies till the next time.

Except for a few exceptions eg; the United States President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin both to a degree, the majority govern with no fixed agenda or moral compass but turn whichever way the wind happens to be blowing at the time.

This is not leadership not by consensus, not by consultation and not by the majority right or wrong.

This is leadership by the weak and insipid, eventually despised by the very people they pander to.

In contrast, true Jewish leadership is infused with integrity, vision and compassion for its people and its convictions, immersed in more than Three thousand years of Jewish struggle.

Jewish Leadership

This Jewish leadership beckons us to strive for the ideals that have been passed down for millennia from Avraham through the forefathers and on into this day.

It takes courage and sacrifice to follow in their footsteps but that’s the duty of every Jew who wishes to see the dawning of the Messianic era.



Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)