In the comments to Yakov Menken’s latest JIB post, Micha wrote:
But in what sense is this a religious blog, rather than a political blog run by religious people?
and Shlomo added:
Let me be more specific, what percentage of your postings would require prior recitation of Birkas HaTorah (had I not already done so) or, had they been printed out, require disposal in a respectful fashion?
My response is that if you want to recite birkas haTorah on what you read, you should not be reading blogs. You should be learning actual Torah instead.
That said — the overlap between Torah and culture/politics/science/current events is considerable. We are working in the arena of hashkafa here. My understanding of Torah Im Derech Eretz is that the Torah has something to say about everything, and that it behooves Jews to act in accord with Torah values at all times. We do not believe in a mental “separation of church and state.”
What area is outside the purview of politics? Women’s issues? Day school tuition? Crime and punishment? Israel? ESPECIALLY nowadays when the government intrudes on EVERYTHING, it is virtually impossible to steer clear of “politics” no matter what issue you want to discuss. But I reject the premise that what we are discussing here is “just politics.” What some casually dismiss as “politics” I think of as “life.”