the english royal family has become embroiled in controversy. the family is essentially individuals was constitute a family of perpetual celebrities for their country. they are intended to be a source of the country’s pride as well as good will ambassadors. in some part, they sadly have devolved into a real life soap opera.
king david, unlike the current english monarchy, was a true “working” royal. he slew a giant, took over from a failed king, fought wars, wrote psalms, and created the “house of david.”
in the current haftorah portion, king david offers to his son, the then prince solomon words of advice as he passes the torch. these words of advice are perhaps those that king charles should embrace and pass on to his two sons.
in this weeks haftorah portion, king david offers to his son, the then prince solomon words of advice. king charles would be wise to pass them along to both of his two sons. in kings 1:2:2-3, david tells solomon: “i go the way of all the earth; you shall be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man; and keep the charge of the lord your god to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and wherever you turn.”
king charles, who has shown an affinity to the jewish people displayed with his accommodations for the chief rabbi and his recent getting down with the british jews with his dancing the hora, surely is aware that he, despite his trials in life, is aware of his deserving of the biblical value of fatherly honor. over the recent years, he has been an example. he displayed great honor towards his mother, the queen.
while his wayward son should certainly get the message, it would be not lost on his other. king david’s advice, however, is one of universal appeal. may we all live long and prosper.
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