The Missing Piece is the Ruler of the World

A miracle happened last night in Tel-Aviv. A suicide bomber travelled from his village near Jenin with enough explosives to murder and seriously injure large numbers of people. He then wandered around south Tel-Aviv, and decided in the end to throw the explosives into a trash can in Rishon L’Zion. The police were tipped off, meanwhile, and after an extensive search, they found the terrorist and his driver in an apartment in Bat Yam. He led them to the trash can, where police sappers destroyed the bomb. Noone was hurt, thank G-d.

The article that I linked to has an interesting line. It says that the police are mystified why the terrorist just wandered around and didn’t blow himself up. I guess if one uses only his “regular brains” it is, indeed, mystifying. But if one uses his “yiddishe kop” (Jewish brains) it isn’t mystifying at all.

The missing piece of the puzzle is, of course, what we religious Jews call Ribbono Shel Olam, which is translated into English as the “Ruler of the World”. G-d is ultimately in charge of everything that happens in the world. We are in the first week of the month of Adar, which reminds us of the holiday of Purim, where we celebrate the miracle that happened in Persia thousands of years ago. There too, the Jews were saved from destruction by what looked like “natural means”. Esther the Queen revealed at the last minute to King Achashverosh that she was Jewish, and that Haman wanted to kill all of the Jews in Persia at that time, including her. The King, understandably angry, rescinded the decree to kill the Jews, and Haman and his sons were hung.

The lesson of Purim is to see G-d’s hand in arranging these “natural means”. The fact that Achashverosh picked Esther to be his queen, out of all of the women vying for the spot, was not a coincidence – it was arranged up above.

Here too in Israel, we are witness to miracles all of the time. Sometimes they are “covered up” by what we think of as natural means. Our brave soldiers and intelligence officers, who work tirelessly to protect us, are successful because they are good at what they do – but that is not the whole story. They are successful (and unfortunately, sometimes not successful) because G-d decides it should be that way.

In this specific case the “natural means” are not even present. The terrorist just wandered around, and didn’t try to blow himself up on a bus, because G-d was watching and didn’t want it to happen.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jerusalem Joe
    Feb 21, 2007 @ 08:51:12

    But then the opposite is also true – whenever there is a “successful” terrorist attack it is because God wanted to kill and maim some Jews.
    Considering the amount of Jews treated badly in our history it would seem that we are far from being chosen for anything except being singled out for continual abuse.
    Maybe God is just a toxic parent?

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  3. bec
    Feb 22, 2007 @ 03:33:42

    i don’t think that g*d is a toxic parent, maybe he’s just trying to give us a reason to have a sense of humor?
    really interesting about the suicide bomber. while i totally agree that g*d has a (big) role, there is still that there is still free will, and i wonder what went through his mind while he wandered. i’d love to know.

  4. bec
    Feb 22, 2007 @ 03:34:58

    clarification there…not that our history is a reason for a sense of humor, but more that we need one to deal with all that our people have been through.

  5. westbankmama
    Feb 23, 2007 @ 06:31:30

    jerusalemjoe – you of course have brought up the question that has bothered millions who believe in G-d – why does He let bad things happen sometimes, and prevents them from happening at other times. I choose to “let go” and believe that I don’t see the whole picture. What helps me to continue this way, is the fact that many times something seems really awful in the present, and years down the line you realize that it had to be that way, and that you have gained something from the bad experience. (This is for the individual to see from their own experiences, and not for someone else to say “oh, it really is good for you, you’ll see.” When someone is in pain, understanding is needed, and not this “advice”.)

    zionistcom – welcome to my blog, and thank you for the link

    bec – I agree that a sense of humor has done a lot to save the Jewish people!

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