Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Monuments and Statues

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

And on those stones you shall inscribe every word of this Teaching most distinctly. (Deuteronomy 27:8)

Nations erect monuments to memorialize their conquests, victories and heroes.  Israel is told to inscribe on stone the words of Torah. (Abravanel)

The events of Charlottesville have torn open a gaping wound that has been long festering in our country.  The racial divide we had hoped would be a distant part of our history is stillteeming, malicious and showing no signs of dissipating.  Under the guise of protest against removal of a statue, hatred has, again, reared its ugly head.

Monuments remind us of the victory and the loss at a specific moment in history.  Whether one should be erected or not depends on the perception of that moment.  Significant events in history conjure up deep emotions.  The protests and counter protests in Charlottesville brought to the forefront the issue of racial tension in this country.  It is a reminder of the current inscrutable hatred that lives and breathes within our borders.