Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Friday, 7 March 2008

May Hashem Avenge Their Blood

We are alone in our crying this today. Despite the platitudes and condolences of the world, we remain alone. Even as the bodies are being buried and their holy souls are flying to their Maker in Heaven, there to be placed under His Throne of Glory, the world is already hedging the support they say they have for us in this tragic hour. Some, in fact, cannot put their own pathetic hatred aside for a moment lest they feel they are betraying their ideology of mindless hatred.

In the last while, there have been multiple posts across multiple blogs discussing the schism between the observant and non-observant parts of our people. Questions have even been raised as to whether the two groups even share any basic values. Some have expressed sadness, while others disgusted glee (yes, you know who you are).

This morning, I would submit a definition for "Who is a Jew". Anyone who reads the news and feels a pain in their heart is a Jew. Anyone who feels that he lost someone dear even if he didn't know anyone at the Yeshivah but simply because a fellow Jew was killed in cold blood is a Jew. Someone whose blood boils within him at this outrage and turns his heart towards our Father in Heaven for support in this difficult time is a Jew.

For we are all alone in this world and we have only our Father in Heaven. We cannot bring what is true justice to our oppressors and enemies. Only He can. We do not scream about "blood and fire" and massacring our enemies. Only God can deliver true justice, therefore we must hope and pray that in the merit of the kedoshim who are with Him now that He will justly avenge their split blood and that we, who are still in this world will suffer no more but see His speedy redemption instead.

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