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BAS Rabbi's Message

January, 2013

Towards the end of Hanukah, as we were enjoying our families and our friends, we witnessed one of the greatest tragedies in recent memory —the senseless killing of school children and their teachers. As I write this, no motive is known, and we struggle to comprehend how such a thing could happen. Almost immediately, cable news pundits began to ask, “Why did God let this happen?” People ask me this question often — after a loss, after a chilling diagnosis — and I have struggled to come to peace with a personal answer. My approach, though, begins not by asking the question “why,” but rather the questions “What is God” and “Where is God?”

For me, the theology of Mordechai Kaplan resonates most deeply. Kaplan asserted: “The fact is that God does not have to mean to us an absolute being who has planned and decreed every twinge of pain, every act of cruelty, every human sin. It is sufficient that God should mean to us the sum of the animating, organizing forces and relationships which are forever making a cosmos out of chaos. This is what we understand by God as the creative life of the universe.” In other words, God is not responsible for cruelty, but, rather, God is the force that pushes us away from the abyss. We become attuned to this approach to Godliness when we pursue the creation of meaning in the presence of chaos and morality in the presence of evil.

When humanity is confronted with horror, amazingly, one of the most immediate responses is love. In Newtown, love was manifested in the teachers who risked and gave their lives to protect their students. Love came in the form of first responders, who every day risks their lives for people they do not know. And love was to be found in a community that came together in compassion to support the families impacted by tragedy. I was deeply moved by the story of Gene Rosen, a psychologist who lives near by Sandy Hook Elementary. A group of children ran to find refuge in his house, “taking them in, he offered juice and stuffed animals as he called each of their parents. He listened to their stories and began to help them onto the challenging road towards healing. In each act of love and human benevolence, we find people “walking in the path of the Holy One.”

A second place I find God in tragedy is in our capacity for emotional resilience. Humans have the amazing ability to pursue lives of meaning, and to find love and joy, even in the wake of catastrophe. The road to resilience is not easy; our wounds may heal but they leave behind scars for a lifetime. But whenever a person pursues wholeness, even though they have endured tragedy, when they do their part to create more love in a broken world, they pursue the path of Godliness. I pray that the many families impacted in Newtown find their way on this path towards healing and that, through the help of their families, friends, and communities, they find peace and wholeness again.

Rabbi Daniel Stein