What Being the 'Chosen People' Really Means, According to Rabbi Benny Lau

Rabbi Benny Lau, 59, is the founder and head of the 929 Bible study project, and he is worried about the schisms in Israel. Dispute is the heart of Judaism, he says, but not discord. His dream, he said before this week's election, is a joint leadership that seeks to do good

Rabbi Benny Lau.
Rabbi Benny Lau.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Rabbi Benny Lau, with four elections over two years and a protracted dispute between the “tribes” and the blocs, many people have the feeling that something here is unwell. Instead of talking about Knesset seats and the electoral threshold, we have come to your home in Jerusalem’s Katamon neighborhood to talk about healing.