Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blame Canada

In today's Chumash the verse (42:28) speaks of the tribe's misfortunes, and they say, "What is this that G-d has done to us?" As far as I can tell, this is the first time in the Torah that people actively invoke Hashgocha Pratis in a negative manner. Before this, who ever blamed G-d when something went wrong? In fact, how many narratives went wrong in the first place? Sure, there are stories of G-d punishing people, but does anyone in those stories actively say, "Hey, this is G-d's fault, why is he doing this to me?" If I'm wrong, tell me.

21 comments:

Yossi said...

do you think you would have similar ruminations if you would learn your chitas at a normal hour in the day?

e said...

...And thus began the time-honored tradition of blaming god for everything.

e said...

Yossi: Is 10:50 such an ungodly hour for chitas?

Yossi said...

sometimes.

sarabonne said...

Yeah I would just stick to blaming Canada, keeps the wrath at bay.

e said...

Until one day the god of canada will smite you with a blizzard. or a glacier. or with molten polar ice caps.

e said...

or with products labelled exclusively in french!!

sarabonne said...

Heaven forfend, pointy sheos are hard enough to bear.

The Real Shliach said...

Yossi: such as?

e: Hey, he does have wide shoulders.

Sara: what do you have against Canada?

e said...

pointy shoes are French, but are they Canadian?

sarabonne said...

Pointy shoes originate in France but like many religions, the Canadian one made it a part of it's own special tradition.

TRS, you and your wife were supposed to be at the big menorah lighting but I didn't see you two, nu nu?

The Real Shliach said...

We were there, where were you? Did you perhaps go to the one in Brooklyn and not Manhattan?

sarabonne said...

Oh, yeah I went to the Brooklyn one.

C said...

Hey, don't hate on Canada.

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: I figured.

C: Astute readers will notice that in this post I compared Canada to G-d.

C said...

I was referring to the comments...

But thanks :)

e said...

why do you go to public menorah lightings?

The Real Shliach said...

It's a family-friendly (and free) activity.

e said...

...as is sitting on the couch in your warm house. Are these events fun? inspiring? anything other than (boredom + free donuts)?

The Real Shliach said...

Yes, they're very inspiring. And there weren't any free doughnuts. Or indeed any doughnuts.

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