Tradition Today: Time and mishap

03.07.2011                      01.Tammus, 5771 

Judentum:

Tradition Today: Time and mishap

When confronted with death, we are supposed to react with the words, “The Lord has given, the Lord has taken, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Taken literally, this seems to mean that this death is the result of the active will of the Lord. Yet this is often difficult for us to accept, especially when the death is untimely, and even more so when it is caused by violence.
This was brought home to me earlier this year when I heard the tragic news of the death of a friend of mine from London, Peter Moss, who was killed in a terrorist bombing in Morocco. Peter, a talented and unusual person who was a travel writer, had been sitting in a popular café where my wife and I had sat a few years before.
For us, it was an exciting trip to Morocco; for him, it was the violent end of his all-too-short life….