The Three Faces of Eichah

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6 Responses

  1. sharona says:

    Well said, lets use this time to do something positve and turn things around.
    May we be redeemed soon

  2. Leonard Cohen says:

    > “The terrifyingly explicit relevance of the haftarah of Shabbos Chazon is one part of a thematic link that unifies the entire liturgy of this period.”

    >> Your reference is to Yeshayahu 1:21, but I’m surprised that you didn’t continue on to the even more explicit relevance of posuk 23 to the events of last week. The Navi’s words are stunning:

    “Your princes [leaders] are wayward and associates of thieves; the whole of them love bribery and pursue illegal payments.” [1:23]

    There being no coincidence that this posuk was read during the very week that the money laundering scandal broke, the implications seem to me quite ominous for Klal Yisrael.

  3. Jewish Observer says:

    I agree with – and relate to – this reaction to the sheer pain of last week’s incidents much more than to those reactions that focus on how we lost points in our appearance to the world. Even though our appearance to the world is also not mundane, but part of our holy mission, it does not zero in properly on the outrage against the core sin.

  4. Daniel Feldman says:

    Leonard Cohen –
    Thank you, I wasn’t clear enough – I was referring to exactly what you spelled out (and more), before moving on to the “Eichah” reference in 1:21. I guess I was being implicit about the explicitness.

  5. marge says:

    Dear Rabbi Feldman,

    I hope you don’t mind my commenting, I am not Jewish, but I love the Jewish people. Whenever these things happen I see that the Creator is trying to get our attention. If we continue in sin our souls will be lost, if we repent our Father will forgive. A good shaking brings introspection and questioning and hopefully a looking deeply into the eyes of our Maker and a bowing of the head in submission.

  6. Sammy Finkelman says:

    I had a similar thought when the Haftorah was read, but I also thought it is nowhere near as bad as in the time of Yeshayahu, when murderewrs were being protected, so that could be a comfort.

    Here the worst thing happened was that some important and respected mostly Sephardic Rabbis were told by someone, whom they knew, whom they knew had probably – when all is said and done – let’s put it bluntly – stolen money in what amounted to a Ponzi scheme – to help him hide money (or perhaps only shield money) from creditors, by letting him make large contributions and secretly or quietly returning most of the money, and they agreed to do so…
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    As sins go, that it doesn’t reach the level described by Yeshayahu. That was a lot worse. So the consequences should not be as bad as a churban, (if this is the only problem.)

    And the kidney selling, which only involved one person who wasn’t a pulpit Rabbi, surely doesn’t reach that level, although it may be getting up there or perhaps even exceed it when you add the probable force or fraud involved.

    Of course, we are led to believe that something else must have been wrong before too for this to happen. Would someone dare aopproach tehm if there wasn’t some history? Although perhaps before it was only creating illegitimate tax deductions for the donor – because when the money is returned or a service is provided it no longer qualifies.

    Of course there is a big problem in leadership, but it impossible to say exactly what until you know more. Maybe the problem stems from inherited leadership but in some cases that has worked out all right.

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