10 March 2009

Did You Notice the Ram?

"The real hero of the story is the lamb."

So says Yehuda Amichai in his famous poem about Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac.

I like to think of this in relation to service.

I spent all day in a hospital in Milwaukee, watching people work to save lives, every minute of every hour all day long.

For all the hand-wringing about Jewish continuity questions, I found the reality of gathering information and wisdom from caregivers whose professional lives are devoted to providing care, to be profoundly humbling.

Who steps into the breach so others can survive?

Those who serve.

Sure, Abraham and Isaac (and Sarah and Hagar and Ishmael) had their drama.

But who really made it all happen?

The ram.

Did you notice?

1 comment:

Ira said...

"That ram, not a part of it went to waste: its tendons became the ten strings of the harp that David used to play on; its skin became the leather girdle around the loins of Elijah; as to its horns, with the left one the Holy One, blessed be He, sounded the alarum at Mount Sinai; and with the right one, which is larger than the left, He will in the future sound the alarum at the Ingathering of the Exiles in the Age to Come."
-- R. Hanina, as quoted by Shalom Spiegel in the Last Trial. http://www.amazon.com/Last-Trial-Legends-Sacrifice-1899-1984/dp/187904529X