Thursday, June 14, 2007

2 thoughts for today 1.voice from the ground and Sopranos no end

Parasha of the week video
Torah Portion Korach -Debate ok?

What does the ground say to us? Midrash from this week. Ater the Korah rebellion vs. Moses and Aaron fails, and Korah and his cohort are swallowed by an earthquake-. Rabbah bar bar Ḥana narrates that while he was traveling in the desert, an Arab showed him the place of Korah's engulfment. There was at the spot a slit in the ground into which he introduced some wool soaked in water. The wool became parched. On placing his ear to the slit, he heard voices cry: "Moses and his Torah are true; and we are liars" (B. B. 74a; comp. Tan., ed. Buber, Ḳoraḥ, Supplement). S. S. M. Sel

Reminds us of the Cain story, after killing Abel and he tries to hide, the Torah states: of .
8 Cain said to Abel his brother, "Let us go out to the field." And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" 10 And the LORD said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

This week, there are reports of mass graves of Jews found in Ukraine of Nazi victims by pipe diggers. They assume there are many unfound mass graves of Jews there. Also, there is a story of Gusen Austria town built on Gusen forced labor camp where 37000 died -important plant for Messerschmidt project there. Inaddition, Kurt Waldheim died, past UN l Secretary General and Austrian president who was a nazi officer and knew well of atrocities.
Victims everywhere: Darfur, Iraq, dozens of nations-there blood cries from the ground.

When will the world listen to the voices coming from the ground?

2. The Sopranos lack of ending-awful show-appeals to lowest common denominator in the guise of art, but was watched by millions. It si the subject of much talk now because evidently it did not really end. Its lack of clear finish frustrated many. We kept waiting for resoution, but none came. We'll never know what happened. Others that did not end: Gone with the Wind, Great Expectations, Waitng For Godot (never find out if the is meaning to life) etc. Lesson-There is no ending till Messianic era. Don't expect neat resolutions. Its the journey. Keep battling for holiness in our lives and the world-for God and Torah.

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