We live in a world of disrespect. Children don’t respect parents. Students don’t respect teachers. Spouses don’t respect each other. And I certainly can’t respect a president or world leader who gives in to his every passion and whim.
In this Shmuz, we find that Torah has a very different understanding of respect and who is worthy of it. We are introduced to the Torah’s concept of “respecting the institution,” even if we don’t respect the person. And we are brought to focus on the tremendous sense of appreciation we must have for all the good that we experience living in this country.