Susan Boyle

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4 Responses

  1. Nachum Lamm says:

    Very well put- although for the sake of accuracy, it should be pointed out that other girsaot say that she was as innocent at 20 as she was at 7 and as beautiful at 100 as she was at 20.

  2. Yitzchok Adlerstein says:

    IT should be pointed out that other girsaot say that she was as innocent at 20 as she was at 7 and as beautiful at 100 as she was at 20.

    Very well put- although for the sake of accuracy, it should be pointed out that other girsaot say that she was as innocent at 20 as she was at 7 and as beautiful at 100 as she was at 20.

    True, and there are some indications that it is the older girsa. (See, e.g., Karnei Ohr, in Mechokekei Yehudah on Ibn Ezra, beginning of Chayei Soroh, and the sources he cites.) But Rashi and his girsa aren’t chopped liver either.

  3. Raymond says:

    Somehow, this reminds me of Adolf Hitler (doesn’t everything?).

    The common conception that people have of that most evil of sub-humans, is that he was a racist who despised anybody who did not have blonde hair and blue eyes. Aside from the fact that he himself had neither physical trait, this notion is simply not true. Had he truly felt that way, he would have never allied himself with the Italians and Japanese. Keep in mind that he was an idealist, so he would not have allied himself with those nations even for the sake of political expediency.

    Adolf Hitler’s war was against the Jews. And why did he hate the Jews? He was not a stupid or even uneducated man. He knew that the Jews, by bringing the Torah into the world, also brought morality whose source is Divine, and therefore beyond the reach of any rational human being to challenge. Put another way, he knew that the Jews had brought moral conscience to the world, and it was because of this that he hated the Jews. In his mind, might made right, but the message that we Jews bring to the world is exactly the opposite, that right makes might, that there is inner, spiritual power in practicing goodness.

    So the way I figure it, one can relate to the world in one of two ways: either one values morality, in which case one is siding with G-d’s Torah and us Jews, or one belittles the very notion of morality, in which case one is siding with Adolf Hitler. Those people who were mocking Susan Boyle, were in a subtle way, acting a bit like the nazis of yesterday and the islamofascists of today, behave toward us Jews.

  4. One Christian's perspective says:

    Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein thank you for writing such a beautiful picture of humanity as G-d intended it to be. I liked your presentation of the two viewers. The audience who viewed Susan Boyle before she began to sing and Susan Boyle who viewed the judges/audience without judging but with eager anticipation of using the gift G-d had given her to give to them. When people act different from the world but without malice or judgment of the world but with love and “charity”, the world notices………and hearts are softened. G-d is simply amazing in how He loves those who need Him the most.

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