Reading Eicha tonight was somehow more meaningful to me than ever
There was no need to try and think back 2000 years- the events of the past weeks, however miniscule in comparison to the Holocaust described in this moving book, all seemed to be described here so poignantly and prophetically.
Almost every possuk had immediate relevance.
Here a few that jumped out at me ,leaving me either in tears or numbed with cold.
קלים היו רדפינו מנשרי שמים
“Our pursuers were swifter than eagles of the sky”
I thought about missiles and 15 second warnings in Sederot.
על אלה אני בוכיה עיני עיני ירדה מים
Over these I do weep, My eyes keep flowing with water
I thought of our boys, our murdered teens, our fallen soldiers, our dead
כל איבי שמעו רעתי ששו
All my enemies heard of my plight and rejoiced
I thought of those who hate us, in the Middle East, in Europe, in South Africa, in America , around the world, who are being targeted by the same terrorists as us, but hate us so much, they still have to condemn us.
כל רעיה בגדו בה
All her friends have betrayed her
I thought of Obama and Kerry and the Brazilian government and some of our “allies” in Africa and South America who voted against us in the U.N. and some of whom even recalled their ambassadors.
חטא חטאה ירושלים
Jerusalem has sinned greatly
I thought of our own Sinas Chinam (causeless hatred) for one another and for other people and how we were so busy fighting amongst ourselves since the last election that we didn’t pay attention to what Hamas was digging under our noses.
פקד עונך בת אדום גלה על- חטאתיך
He remembers your iniquity, daughter of Edom, he will uncover your sins
I thought of all those who cover their inbred anti-Semitism with “concern for Palestinians”
השבינו ה עליך ונשובה חדש ימינו כקדם
Bring us back to you, Hashem, and we shall return, renew our days as of old.
We need this now as much as ever!