Friday, June 26, 2015
Come to My garden, My sister, My bride
Is BDS anti-Semitic? How do we protest Nazis in our midst? Today the queen lay a wreath at Bergen Belsen. Next week, Neo-Nazis will gather in Golders Green. The irony of exile: The queen of our country pays respect as her citizens continue their hate. Last week it was the BDS movement, next week it's others. Somehow we continue our lives as all this fuss gets made of us, a small nation wanting to live in peace. Some question the compartmentalising of our lives, accusing us of ignoring the signs; others will go out and fight; some will counter demonstrate. What is the correct reaction? In this week's Torah portion after peace-lover Aaron has passed away, there is a verse that has significant meaning. Here it is interpolated with the classic commentator Rashi and my assessment of the times in which we live. Torah: “The Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the south, heard” Mendel: What did he hear? Rashi: He heard that Aaron had died and that the [protecting] clouds of glory had departed. Amalek was always a chastising whip for Israel, ready at any time to mete out punishment. Mendel: Yes, there are always haters, those that at any time will attempt to strike us. Aaron united the Jews that were not getting along; in his merit all were protected. They saw and attempted to seize vulnerability.
Posted by Mendel Cohen at 9:22 AM