Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Martin Grossman is dead, but Chaim Dovid Zweibel finds a silver lining

Here's what Agudah's top man said just after Martin Grossman was executed:
From: Chaim Dovid Zwiebel
Agudath Israel of America | 42 Broadway 14th floor | New York | NY | 10004

Boruch Dayan Ha’emes.

I am writing to share with you the sad news that Martin Grossman, Michoel Yechiel ben Avrohom, olov hasholom, was executed this evening in Florida.

It would be understandable for any of us to feel not only sorrow but frustration that all our efforts didn’t result in the result for which we were mispallel.

But I personally choose, even amid the pain and sorrow, to focus on the tremendous ahavas Yisroel, shtadlonus and achdus that was demonstrated by our tzibbur over recent days. I want to personally thank all of you who telephoned Governor Crist’s office, or sent him e-mails and faxes, or participated in the ultimate act of ahavas Yisroel: tefilla on a brother’s behalf. Your reaction to the impending tragedy was remarkable. May it stand as a zechus for his neshoma, and for all of Klal Yisroel, and hasten bi’as go’el tzedek, b’mheira biyomeinu.

Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

Shorter Zwiebel:Okay, sure whatshisname died, but boy aren't we in our multitudes something AWESOME?

I find it sort of nauseating that Zwiebel chooses to focus on the logistical success, and on what it demonstrates about his own organization's power. The people prayed and contacted the Governor just as Zweibel directed. This demonstration of communal might and communal obedience is what pleases Zwiebel, what warms his heart, even as the cold body of Martin Grossman remains unburied.

Or as "A" pointed out: "Notice what's missing? That's right. Nothing against the death penalty. No urging people to turn the resources gathered in support of the late Mr.Grossman towards making sure this doesn't happen again. Nothing. Just some atta-boys for those who called/emailed/said Tehillim. It's an embarrasment."


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