Monday, January 10

A Good Job

William Safire, who retires his op-ed column in two weeks (boo-hoo), delivers another nice drasha on Sefer Iyyov, reminding us that suffering (tsunami, e.g.) isn't so much a question about God, as it is a question about us. Read it here.

You may recall that Rabbi Soloveitchik makes this point (but does a better job) in the opening chapter of Kol Dodi Dofek. Safire does, however, give us the following great quote from Virginia Woolf, who wrote in her journal, "I read the Book of Job last night--I don't think God comes well out of it."




3 Comments:

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Peretz said...

Interestingly, Safire's third comment, that the tsunami places before man a challenge in terms of how he reacts to his fellow-man, was also made by a Moslem cleric in Australia about a week after the event.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Uri Cohen said...

The following cartoon expresses the same idea as Woolf, but funnier: http://shabot6000.com/archive.php?id=4

 
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