The Mishnah says that whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world.
And yesterday, in Jerusalem, the entire world was destroyed, for a little three month old girl, called Chaya Zisel Braun, was ripped from the warm embrace of love by the cold clutches of hate.
They say Israel must talk to people who do things like this – who celebrate death and murder. They say it will bring peace and understanding. But what kind of peace do you make with people who will view this act of terror as some kind of victory? And what understanding can possibly be reached? While Israel saves the life of a child of a Hamas leader, it is the leader of Hamas who instructs his people to murder a child of Israel.
It is sometimes said that the Jewish mission on earth is tikkun olam – to repair the world. It is hard to imagine a mission like that ever being completed – and yet it must continue. Because the only way to ever truly eliminate darkness is with light.
Today, in Jerusalem, a family is in pain – a pain that cannot be dulled, a hurt that cannot be understood, a wound that will never heal. There are so so many victims of the terrorists’ hatred and violence, whose lives have been shattered and no matter how many times the pieces will be put together, it can never be the same.
It is easy to look upon this world we live in with hate and with anger and with fear and with despair. But little Chaya knew not of such things.
She knew only love.