G‑d was murdered yesterday. Twenty-seven times over.
This isn’t just creative license on my part. It's something Jewish sages wrote in a commentary on the Bible over two thousand years ago.
They pointed out that the Ten Commandments were inscribed by the Almighty on two stone tablets: the first half inscribed on one and the second half inscribed on the other. Viewed in this order, the first commandment, "I am the Lord your G‑d" corresponds to the sixth commandment, "You shall not murder."
But how does this “murder” the Almighty? Genesis tells us mankind was made in His image. It tells us that Man became a "living soul" (nefesh), and G-d "breathed" into him (ruach), the "breath of life."
So in a very real way, we each have a spark of the Divine in us. And that spark was snuffed out over and over and over again yesterday.
Rabbi Yanki Tauber, content editor for Chabad.org, first wrote about this in an article after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. His words resonated deeply with me.
|May we bring light back into the world |
in their memory (image: Creative Commons)
“G‑d was banished from our world yesterday. And then banished again and again….
It's now our job to bring Him back.
With every good deed, with every kind word, with every positive thought, we bring a bit of G‑dliness into our G‑d depleted world.
And if we do it for the sake of those whose lives were snuffed out yesterday, we resurrect something of the divine spark that was their life, in a small but deeply significant way.
It's the least we can do for them.”
As we light the menorah candles on this eighth and final night of Chanukah, we pray that a great miracle may happen to us in this day - May it be G-d's will that from this moment on, may we only know of peace.