Thursday, April 25, 2024

A Pillar of Fire

And A Goat: We are now cautiously and fearfully watching the antisemitism spreading through our country's universities - including UNM

Students, faculty, and administration. And it's not "just" about Israel  (as if that would be OK). It's very clearly about us. The Jews.

And yet we are enjoying Chol HaMoed Pesach - the holiday's intermediate days - and looking forward (see April 2022's What? Nachshon Again?) to the closing days next week. Abq Jew offers two things to think about.

1. Miracles Await Us

As Abq Jew mentioned a couple of weeks ago (see A Great White Horse), he has been rereading Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin's big, BIG "magic realism" novel of 1983.

Here is a quote from the book - about the Pillar of Fire that we Israelites followed in the desert - that reminds us to think BIG. G-d is with us.

Pillar of Fire

"Do you believe," Virginia asked, "that a pillar of fire actually rose in the desert?"

"No," Hardesty answered. "I don't believe that. I believe that the account of the pillar of fire was merely a metaphor, but for something so much greater and more powerful than just a pillar of fire, that the image, for all its beauty, doesn't even begin to do it justice."

2. Justice Will Come

One little goat - that Father bought for two zuzim - teaches us that actions have consequences. Chad Gadya is a light-hearted, playful song that reminds us that G-d rules the world.

Chad Gadya

,וְאָתָא הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וְשָׁחַט לְמַלְאַךְ הַמָּוֶת
דְּשָׁחַט לְשׁוֹחֵט, דְּשָׁחַט לְתוֹרָא, דְּשָּׁתָה לְמַיָא
,דְּכָבָה לְנוּרָא, דְּשָׂרַף לְחוּטְרָא, דְּהִכָּה לְכַלְבָּא
 דְּנָשַׁךְ לְשׁוּנְרָא, דְּאַָכְלָה לְגַדְיָא
,דְּזַבִּין אַבָּא בִּתְרֵי זוּזֵי
 חַד גַּדְיָא,חַד גַּדְיָא

Then the Holy One, Blessed be He,
came and slaughter​​​​​​ed the angel of death
who slaughter​​​​​​ed the butcher who slaughter​​​​​​ed the ox
that drank the water that put out the fire
that burned the stick that bit the dog
that bit the cat that ate the goat
that my father bought for two zuzim.

One little goat, one little goat.

Happy Passover

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