Elaine Rosenberg Miller
Elaine Rosenberg Miller

Tzaraas

Sometimes, in the midst of crises, one flips open a Chumash (Artscroll is my favorite) and one finds a path leading to the answer.

I attended Shacharis this morning.

I had two reasons.

My aunt, my father’s younger sister had died on Sunday, was buried on Monday and I wanted to say a prayer.

And the news from Israel.

The hundreds of Gazan rockets that have landed in Israel were on our minds and hearts.

I recalled being in my childhood synagogue, Temple Beth El in Borough Park, Brooklyn during the 1967 war as the Rabbi led an appeal for funds. A Holocaust survivor stood and pledged $15,000. He said that it was life savings. “If Israeli falls,” he declared in his Yiddish-accented English, “I have no reason to live.”

Now, in 2021, Israeli is militarily strong.

What is also different today is that many Americans have veered away from their nearly universal national approval of Israel in past years.

“The Squad”, a group of Democratic Congresswoman with millions of Twitter followers blasts Israel for defending itself against Hamas’ unprovoked rocket attack against civilians. They receive fevered approval from other Democratic politicians and admirers.

Former Israel supporters in the Democratic Party, those who might have once been considered “moderate” are silent.

Most shocking for a Diaspora Jew like myself has been the failure of Israelis to realize that their political in-fighting and self-criticism have directly “green-lit” and emboldened its enemies.

So, what does the Torah say?

“Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses regarding the Cushite woman he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman……Hashem called them and said:

“Hear now, my words. If there be a prophet among you, in a vision shall I, Hashem. make Myself known to him; in a dream shall I speak with him. Not so is My Servant Moses: in My entire house is he the trusted one. Mouth to mouth do I speak to him, in a clear vision and not in riddles, at the image of Hashem does he gaze. Why did you not fear to speak against My servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:10 et seq).

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her books,, FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, THE CHINESE JEW and THE TRUST are available on Amazon and Kindle.
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