17 March 2009

No "Crosses" at the Red Sea

From the mixed up brain files of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, this encouraging item from the JTA:

The Pope can't wear his Idol at the site of the Jewish Communal Idol.

I can see it now: The Cross versus the Wall! Who's ritualized object of suffering will prevail?

It's a new version of Rock=Paper=Scissors!

Did Rabbi Rabinovitch come up with this as the humorous month of Adar slips away, feeling blue that Purim has passed so he thought he'd lighten our moods as we prepare for the clarifying harshness of Passover?

"Shmuely! This is Isaiah talking! I'm standing next to Ezekiel and Amos and Hosea and Jeremiah, chilling by the Throne of Glory with the One Who is Awesome Over All. And He has this message to deliver:

IT'S ALL M-E-T-A-P-H-O-R!"

Worth dusting off your old Yeshayahu Leibowitz here, who notably called the Western Wall, six weeks after the Six Day War, the "largest discotheque in Israel."

4 comments:

al said...

Hey andy,

Aliya here. Just wanted to say that your writing is going through a transformation, I think. Its tone, rhythm, style feels different then when I was reading it prior to you deciding to give up your blog....

Andy Bachman said...

Hmm. What do you mean? Can you be more specific?

scorchintorah said...

Well, is a swastika also a metaphor? In fact, Lenny Bruce said the obvious when he pointed out that it is a symbol of execution and if Jesus were crucified today, everyone would be wearing electric chairs around their necks--less elegant than a cross, but I take his point.

For Jews straight from Europe to Israel without a pit stop in friendly Christian U.S. crosses are not nice symbols. They may be inoffensive to me and you, but who knows what nightmare they evoke in others.

Andy Bachman said...

Scorch--You are right that they evoke horror in some; but in the context of Jewish hegemony over the Western Wall, in a Jewish State, with a Jewish Army, I'd like to think that the Western Wall's Chief Rabbi has enough self-confidence and presence of mind to welcome the leader of one of the world's largest faiths with a greater sense of hospitality than, "Take off your cross, buddy."

I'm reminded of a story I once heard about Rabbi Leo Baeck. His students asked him after the war why he continued to return to Germany. He said that he also must remember the righteous Christians who risked their own lives (for the Cross) to save Jews.