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    • Elihu
    • 20.07.10 | 12:44 (IDT)

    -And at the same time, if we are to take Jeremiah message truly seriously, we must also pay heed to _the_ fundamental message of Eicha, authored by him. Eicha builds on the themes of Ezekiel 16 and depicts Israel as a wayward girl who spurned her true love and patron, preferring to take various suitors (hoping for their protection) to no good end. When Eicha was written, the kingdom of Judah was located between two superpowers, Babylon and Egypt - and made various alliances with Assyria, Edom and Moab. The dependence on political alliances, which made apparent sense at various moments in history could not and did not save Israel.Rather they became enemies and vehicles of destruction, due to Israel's faithlessness (See Eicha 1:2, 1:19, 4:17-22, 5:6). Yes, we should always engage in criticial self-reflection. Yes, when we turn our critical gaze on others in the family, we should do so from a standpoint of empathy. At the same time, with all due respect, we should not be taking our moral cues from the current "community of nations", per se. Rome and Babylon, for all their civic greatness, were hardly models of virtue - The current "International Community" also has lost its moral compass. The Jewish nation must have the internal strength to stand on its own moral foundation - the one upon which its nationhood was founded, so long ago.

    from the article: Jeremiah, here and now
    First published 01:25 19.07.10 | Last updated 01:25 19.07.10
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