Thursday, May 05, 2005

Today is Yom HaShoah. Actually, every day should be Yom HaShoah, including Shabbos and yomtov and chodesh Nissan. But today is the day that the electric sign on the highway that usually says "Congestion on the Ayalon" simply says "Nizkor. Lo Nishkach". So today will do.

The holocaust is a topic about which ordinary folks generally get it right and intellectuals always get it wrong.

Millions of our relatives were humiliated, tortured and murdered. We are sad. That's all that can and should be said.

This is really not the occasion for flogging our favorite ideology. It's ok not to try to make sense of the holocaust by squeezing it into that little slot in our theory of the universe. It won't fit.

It's enough to just be sad.

2 Comments:

Anonymous The Hedyot said...

Well said.

1:09 AM  
Blogger mnuez said...

R' Ben, just a word of thanks. Your blog is one of the very very few intelligent voices of reason in the Jewish world and we're lucky to have you on our side. In the event that some of the tiny anonymous mice attempting to "out" you are correct, and you are somewhat involved in Israeli politics, I can only hope that you gain greater success and influence - and that you remain the same man despite it.

2:33 PM  

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