Friday, May 23, 2008

18 ’Iyyar 5768: Day 33 of the ‘Omer (Lagh ba‘Omer)/World Turtle Day/Declaration of the Bab

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “Support the Coal Plant Moratorium”, “What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You”, and “URGENT - Protect Utah Wilderness from Oil & Gas and ORVs”.

Divine misconception of the day: “McCain Backer Hagee Said Hitler Was Fulfilling God's Will”. Basically Hagee claimed that the Holocaust occurred because the Jews failed to return to Israel en masse, the point of Hitler being to drive the Jews there. Based on my meager knowledge of history alone, this does not work. As far back as the 1920s, during the British Mandate, in an attempt to appease violent Arabs, the British severely limited immigration to Mandatory Palestine for Jews. Even though a few Jews did manage to get in, legally or illegally, many did not. Indeed, few countries were willing to accept Jewish refugees at all and none in sufficient numbers, and the disastrous results are well-known. As a candidate for a Divine tool to promote Zionism, Hitler fails miserably. Hagee is also wrong theologically. It is true that suffering may be Divinely inflicted for one’s actions. However, the Book of Job (accepted by Christians as scripture) makes it clear that bad things can happen to even a perfectly righteous person. As such, there are no grounds for assuming that the Jews (or anyone else) who suffered or died in the Holocaust are responsible for what happened to them. It is no wonder that once this scandal hit, McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement.

Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is a mathematical cartoon. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and Shabbath shalom.

Aaron
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