11.10.2009

11.10.2009 - Tuesday Most rituals of sacrifice are about...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Most rituals of sacrifice are about prolonging life. In this case the focus of the sacrifice was on death. It is a counter-sacrifice in terms of the good. Its form is sacrificial nonetheless. Survival in Auschwitz The central prayer of Judaism is this, …you shall love the Lord your God. You should say prayers in the morning and the evening. This prayer is the common prayer of Judaism. This is primo’s version of the prayer: “You who live safe in your warm houses, who find hot food when you return to your house. Consider a man who has to fight for a scrap of bread, who dies because of a yes or a no, and consider if this is a woman without hair, without name, with no more strength to remember, her womb cold. I commend these words to you. To all those who do have a home to return to and food to eat. Repeat these words to your children, or may your house fall apart, your children turn their faces from you. The title of the book literally is “is this a human being/man.” You can see that what he is really doing is rewriting the prayer so that it is an instruction to bear witness to the destruction, because those who are killed cannot. Many people, many nations, can find themselves holding that every stranger is an enemy.
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