Saturday, August 13, 2005

If all else fails, Cry.

There's this old Chassidic story about this man who's son is dying. So he hears about this mysterious Rebbe who has healing powers, someone who can go into the upper courts and plead someone's case.

But this Rebbe is very far away. And there were no cars back then. This is a few hundred years ago. But this guy undertakes the journey anyway. It takes a while, but finally he finds this
Rebbi.

And he tells the Rebbe his story.

So the Rebbe goes to pray. And he goes up into the upper worlds, to the upper courts. And he pleads this man's case eloquently. The child is an only child. The man loves his son very much. And this is a good man.

Still there's nothing to be done. There are certain decrees that are sealed by heaven and no matter how much charity is given, how many prayers are said, nothing can be done. You can't always understand the ways of heaven.

So, reluctantly, the Rebbe finishes praying and goes back to the man and tells him there's nothing he can do. The man is beside himself. He cries and tears his clothes. But he thanks the Rebbi and he leaves. He begins the long walk home.

That night at dinner, the Rebbe can not eat. Now he is beside himself. He leaves the house by the same route that the man went. By morning he has caught up with. The man is at first hopeful. Is there a change? Will my son live, he asks, tearfully?

But the Rebbe shakes his head sadly. No, he says. But I can't let you cry by yourself. So the Rebbe sits with the man and they cry together.

I never really understood that story till now.

I don't know if there's anything that can be done for the Jews of Gush Katif. I don't know if the desecration of the graves of Jews that lived and died there, can be prevented. But, I do know this, if it's not, then a grave injustice will be done to thousands of fellow Jews who moved to a dangerous place as an act of patriotism. Jews who put themselves in harm's way to protect their countrymen.

So, by Sunday, on Tisha B'Av, our national day of mourning, the day of our worst tragedies, the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temples and the signing of the order for the final solution....

... if the situation hsn't changed by then, then do the only thing you can.

Cry.

And Monday, if this injustice goes through, then cry.

Don't let your brothers and sister cry alone. They are your family, even if you don't know them.
Don't make the same mistakes we made 2 thousand years ago. Don't be insensitive to their pain, even if you support the disengagement or simply want to support the Israeli government.

Don't mouth all the arguments for the Disengagement. Don't do that.

This is your family. Don't let them cry alone.

1 Comments:

Blogger muse said...

It's a form of prayer.

6:21 AM  

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