Ours is not the only time, place and culture besotted by putative “leaders” whose basis for power and position is either the shallowness of mere popularity or pervasiveness of their exposure. This week’s portion seeks to distinguish the true prophet from the false variety. Even if the false prophet occasionally predicts correctly (as with the twice daily accurate broken clock), we are to cast out those whose integrity is compromised by teachings running counter to Torah. The modern iteration is, obviously, celebrity, especially those who are famous for little other than being famous. But there is a cautionary insight regarding the essence of popular leadership, and the need to examine the character, qualities and conduct of a leader before pledging our fidelity.
– Rabbi Daniel Weiner