Thursday, April 27, 2006

Counting


What is the darkness within the trees
before whom the silent truths do flee
Rising to see the shade within
shining against the gleaning sin
Contrast to the last before the beginning
forecast of the trespassed is singing
Redeem the glow from its shell
renewed too slow under hypnotic spell
Falsehood a skin atop a fresh fruit
childwood to fan the flame of soot
Soon to emerge from the cocoon
rising once again like a new moon
Seven cycled immortally gathered
woven and eternally fathered
From whence will this be the resurrect
ascent and spired cleansed of defect
Pining for that moment to repeat
to be witnessed not solely in defeat
Let us grab a piece of infinitude
to find solace in what has been renewed.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Avian Flu in Israel


I have read reports that Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has allowed for the continued elimination of chickens over Shabbos because of possible contamination by the H5N1 avian influenza virus in order so that human life is not endangered. Who could rationally be against such a thing? - Clearly the issue of Pikuach Nefesh, the potential danger to human life outweighs the abrogation of the Melachos Shabbos and the loss of chickens. However I am curious why there has not been much said about the method being used to do the job. According to ArutzSheva “People are being offered 2,000 shekels a day to kill chickens in the Sharon region because there are not enough people willing to do the job, which involves denying the birds food and drink, and then offering them poisoned water.” Clearly we as the Jewish people are more prone to being under the sway of the Midah of Rachamim as it says “and He will give you mercy” - "וְנָתַן-לְךָ רַחֲמִים" (Devarim 13:18) and as such shy away from such activities. Why is it then that we have not heard about the issue of Tzaar Baalei Chaim here? It may be an unfortunate necessity to kill these birds... but the manner in which it is being done does not have to be so cruel. They are starving the birds and then poisoning them, which seems rather efficient but at least from my limited view - contrary to Halacha. I am certain that there is a manner in which both the concerns of Pikuach Nefesh and Tzaar Baalei Chaim can be addressed and am perplexed as to why it is seemingly not.