Friday, July 25, 2008

The same vein

Funny, I write what I frankly thought was a terrible post, and Menachem over at publishes it for all the world to see. Last night I email him what I thought was pure genius, and what happens? Neither hair nor hide is found upon the site. Don't worry, by now I've gotten over the disappointment. Of course, he'll probably publish it in a week or two, and I'll feel morally obligated to change this post, not that I will.
Today's MS wasn't too fascinating. The first guy we visited in a hospital was asleep. The second was not home. The third had just popped out of his office. The fourth was also not home. All in all, a lot of driving without too much to show for it. We undoubtedly brought many thousands of Jews closer to their father in heaven, but as I don't know their exact story I can't blog about it.
Instead, due to the great pressure that's been put on me, I'll write a bit about yesterday's visit with Wolf. Yes, he asked the question, "Where was G-d during the Holocaust?" I answered, "Where has G-d been for the past two thousand years? There is no answer, we can only Daven for Moshiach." He countered, "Moshiach couldn't have come sixty or seventy years ago?" I replied, "In the Gemara it says that 'Kalu Kol Hakitzin,' all the deadlines for Moshiach's arrival have passed. He couldn't come during the Holocaust? He couldn't come by the Pogroms, by the Spanish Inquisition?"
After the war Wolf moved to Sweden, where he lived for many years. The government forbade Shechita, and they only had Kosher meat once a week. This meat had to be ordered a few days ahead. They did have locally-Schechted chickens, though he didn't explain why the authorities allowed fowl but not beast slaughter.
Is Wolf frum today? He speaks an excellent Yiddish, and has visited Israel six times, but I don't think he's particularly frum. His grandson is considering going to a reform high school in Israel, which I suppose is a good thing.

Meanwhile, in other news... well, there isn't much, is there? I guess I'll just conclude by wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Shabbat, with wishes that you should internalize the lessons of this week's Torah portion, Mattos, in your daily lives.