Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy and the Parsha

There's a delightful Jewish tradition of using the parsha of the week to advance your personal political agenda. Many rabbis do it every shabbos. When the opportunity presents itself, so do politicians*.  This week, the confluence of Parshas Va'ayrah and Sandy's assault on NYC and the liberal north east gives our Jewish Jeremiah Wrights a golden opportunity. I fully expect to hear at least one rabbi say something like this:

God rained down His vengeance on NYC and on the Obama-loving, gay-marriage supporting, liberal North East on the very week that we read about destruction of Sodom and Gemorah. NOT A COINCIDENCE!

Do you doubt it?

* Here's Bill Clinton eulogizing Yitzchak Rabin during the week of Parshas Va'ayrah in 1996: This week, Jews all around the world are studying the Torah portion in which God tests the faith of Abraham, patriarch of the Jews and the Arabs. He commands Abraham to sacrifice Yitzhak. "Take your son, the one you love, Yitzhak." As we all know, as Abraham, in loyalty to God, was about to kill his son, God spared Yitzhak. Now God tests our faith even more terribly, for he has taken our Yitzhak. But Israel's covenant with God for freedom, for tolerance, for security, for peace - that covenant must hold. That covenant was Prime Minister Rabin's life's work. Now we must make it his lasting legacy. His spirit must live on in us.
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