Friday, April 27, 2018

ברוך דיין האמת Baruch Dayan Haemett

Who's responsible?

ברוך דיין האמת Baruch Dayan Haemett


Yesterday not everyone checked weather forecasts. Is that the reason so many people died in flash floods here in Israel?

Death is a very difficult theological subject in all religions, especially Judaism. On one had we recognize that Gd creates life and its limits/conditions or end. But on the other hand we have responsibilities. We're not puppets controlled by Gd. We have Free Will. That is why Gd can reward and punish us, and we pay our final "price" after death in Olam Haba, the World to Come.

Friends who know the curriculum of the official Israeli Tour Guide Course confirmed that paying attention to weather forecasts, especially rain in the south and resulting flash floods, say its a requirement.  The group, which had been caught in that flash flood, should have cancelled their plans, or totally changed its itinerary.

If the administration and tour guide who approved and led the fatal trip are held criminally negligent, it won't bring the dead back to life. But they still must be held legally accountable. In Judaism it's not acceptable to just say, "it's the will of Gd." These kids didn't just die in their sleep from unpreventable causes. We don't know Gd's will, and it's not for us to decide on such things.

Remember that the searching endangered innocent lives, too. 

Refuah shleimah, complete healing to all the injured.

for illustrative purposes

for illustrative purposes


Mr. Cohen said...

Baruch HaDayan HaEmet.
Babylonian Talmud, tractate Chullin, page 10A:

A question of danger is treated [even] more
stringently than is a question of a prohibition.

Pele Yoetz, Perek Ahavat Atzmo
(2nd chapter of book), paragraph 3 of 4:

A man should not stand in a place of danger,
for example: dangerous roads or a path in seas
and rivers, unless is it completely unavoidable
for his life, and he must take with him men
who are prepared to escort him to reduce the danger,
according to the laws of nature.

If it is possible for him to travel by dry land,
then he should not travel by seas or rivers,
because they are more dangerous.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky:

It is completely forbidden to hire Arabs,
especially in yeshivahs, because
there is a concern of endangering lives.

CONTEXT: This was said soon after
the deadly terror attack at the Mercaz HaRav
rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem of 2008 March 6,
which was carried out by an east Jerusalem Arab
who was formerly employed by the establishment.

Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh HaYeshivah
of the Philadelphia Yeshivah:

Today smoking is a Torah prohibition, because
today we know the dangers. There is no question
in my mind that if the chachamim
[the early sages] would be around today,
they would forbid smoking because it brings
a person into a sachanah [danger].

…there is also a danger for the people
around him who can be affected by the smoke.

SOURCE: article: Who Wants Life
by Baruch Twersky, Mishpacha Jewish Family
weekly, 2007 April 11 (5767 Nisan 23), page 33

Mr. Cohen said...

Was Daniel an Orthodox Jew?

Was Isaiah an Orthodox Jew?

Was Ezekiel an Orthodox Jew?

Was Jeremiah an Orthodox Jew?

Was Ezra an Orthodox Jew?

Was Nehemiah an Orthodox Jew?

Refuting the Fans of Vashti:

Asher Wade:
Methodist minister who converted to Orthodox Judaism: