There is this story of a new plane that at every test flight keeps losing its wings. Barely into the air, the wings break off and none of the aviation experts can figure out what to do about it.
Suddenly, someone has an idea. Let’s visit this very old rabbi. Maybe he knows what to do?
The rabbi listens carefully to the puzzle laid out and asks: Where exactly do the wings break? Always at the same line, he’s answered. Then there, you should drill a line of holes in the wings.
It sounds crazy but that’s what they do and low and behold, the plane stays up in the air.
They revisit the rabbi and ask him: How did you know? He answers: It’s not so difficult. Toilet paper also never tears at the perforated line.
A silly joke. But built on the assumption that surprisingly wise very old rabbis exist. And some of them truly are.
But the living Sage Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky damaged the respect that he generally receives by defying government orders this Sunday and ruling that schools under his responsibility must stay open, endangering not only the students but also their parents and grandparents and the whole community and country. I tremble writing this but I feel I must.
Generally, it is opined that when the Rav rules something that makes no sense at all, it is caused by the steady cordon of power-hungry people that surrounds him to select and restrict the information that he gets. And how could the rabbi know that he’s not receiving the full picture?
Soon he probably will get the full picture and decide what all other rabbis have decided. There is no reason to suppose differently.
Later, it was announced that a compromise was reached of maximally 10 students per room. They should then also be at 2 meters distance from each other. This is likely completely impossible, especially if they sleep over with 8 students per room of 8 square meters in bunk beds. More likely, this is a face-saving agreement, soon to be replaced by a school stop. This isn’t straightforward, justifying press and public scrutiny.
Authorities playing fast and loose with the rules stimulate that others don’t take the national health guidelines seriously either. The Ultra-Orthodox Health Minister’s words weigh less than (poor) Sage advice.
The amount of pseudo-Judaism that is uttered around this is shocking. No, it is not true that being saintly protects against illness and nullifies medical advice. Neither is the Jewish way: “Just have faith.” The correct way is: Do everything you can to protect human life (yours and that of others) and when you can’t do more, trust that He will do His part.
This all shows again that if there ever will be a State carried but even the most saintly people, it must have freedom of the press, also when all the journalists are hateful lowlifes who trick and manipulate public opinion.
My grandfather (who’s murdered in Auschwitz) used to say: “Socialism is the ideal system but has one flaw. It must be executed by humans.”
G^d can be trusted but no-one else gets to work without scrutiny.