Sunday, March 9, 2008


This was written Friday morning, and first posted on The Eye of the Storm.

In a few short hours, another grave will be filled in our Shiloh Cemetery. Less than a week ago, we buried a man who had lived over one hundred years. Today, at high noon, we will bury a fair-haired teenager, Yonatan Eldar, HaYa"D, May his blood be avenged.

It's Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheini, the second, "leap year" Adar. It's also the last day of Adar Alef, the first Adar. Will his yartzeit on non-leap years be the first or last day of the month of Adar?


Chazal, our sages, discuss/ask why G-d's name isn't mentioned in the Megilat Ester. Hester Panim, His face is hidden. I compare that to the sun on a cloudy or storm day. The sun is in its correct place in the sky. It is bright and warm and radiating, just like on a "perfect laundry day." Chazal's answer is that every time we read "hamelech," "the king," it means G-d, since there is no name attached, and the "article the" means something very specific. There is only one king who doesn't need a name, the King.

And in today's world, when the media, and even my blogs, discuss elections, such as for the American presidency, it's important to remember to add the adjective "American" or the specific name. Here in Israel, "the president" must mean the Israeli one. Whoever lives in the White House isn't the Israeli president.

And the only king for us is

Hamelech, HaKodesh Baruch Hu, Our G-d.

HaMakom Y'Nachem to the bereaved

Refuah Shleimah to the injured


KennewickMusing said...

I am so very sorry for this hideous incident. Gd bless the families of these sweet boys.
May He avenge their deaths. May Israel's government take on this enemy and crush them to the last one.

Batya said...

km, thank you
G-d willing we will have a government capable of leading, not dragging us down.

therapydoc said...

if the government were in family therapy, then it would learn to speak the language of the most challenging family members, the most aggressive. You get it, of course.

Batya said...

sure do, doc, sure do