Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A-7713 Was His Name

Earlier this week Oprah Winfrey aired a 1-hour special of her visit to Auschwitz with Elie Wiesel. The two of them walked through the snow under the infamous iron declaration "Arbeit Macht Frei" – Work makes one free. "This is irony" Elie said with a sad chuckle as they entered history's most recognized symbol of what Frei is not.

Canisters of Zyklon B piled high behind a glass wall; shoes of every size and color. "Look at those," Elie mused pointing to one pair. "A dancer. Must have belonged to a dancer. All these people – you know one of these people could have found the cure for cancer or AIDS – killed for no reason at all. The God of Auschwitz was the God of Death."

"I get it" said Oprah. No you don't. Elie told her: "When one child dies, it makes no sense. When millions of men, women and children are sent systematically to their deaths, it can't make any sense!"


In Parshas Bamidbar, Hashem asks for the Jews to be counted. Rashi says it's because he loves us.

Elie explained the demoralizing of the killing process. First you were a city, then a ghetto, then "a street, a house, a room, a cattle car then you came here you even lost your name. I became A-7713."

Elie died and became a number.

Excluding the Levi'im, 600,000 Jewish people were counted. He counted because He loved them. Why not the Levi'im? Because they were not going to die in the desert with the rest of their generation.

A-7713; one of six million others. He loved them so He numbered them to die. One-point-five-million Jewish children were killed during the Holocaust. Most of them were never even tattooed. Like the Levi'im, they were not meant to die.

"When millions of men, women and children are sent systematically to their deaths, it can't make any sense!"

Written by Avi [The bold is mine]

26 comments:

David_on_the_Lake said...

wow
this read like a wiesel essay...

Fajita said...

as ifffff you just posted that...
chav
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Anonymous said...

hi chava - i liked that - thanks

the sabra said...

hi anonymous-i liked it, too-you're welks

E said...

And while they die, they can die with a smile knowing that G-d had counted them first. Seriously, who needs that kind of love?

Melissa said...

Oy, chills.

the sabra said...

e, that's not the point. ( i don't know if ur still gonna read this--lemme know if i should bother answerin...though just seein it there like that makes me wanna answer irregardless*)

*for you chan ;)

Es said...

Well there are many points. And the point that I don't comprehend is that one.

But it IS a beautiful piece. And thanks for responding to me dear. Almost as good as that phone call....

the sabra said...

ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh! i thought it was a different e! i thought it was my roomie! (no poem intended)

walla.

bout that not being the point, i didnt wanna say "u missed the point" but that's what i meant-"that wasn't the point". that's not the thought, not the idea, not the message. not even as a side one.

u are saying that they died, it was bad-but hey! others had it worse. or ya, u suffered but it was backed with such love.
somethin like that, ya?

we, on the other hand, are saying that the killing was love. not backed by love, not sprinkled with love, not shadowed by love, not touched with love, but love itself. twas Love.

[and now u are calling. and my status is better. heehee]

Es said...

Yeah see thats what I thought you were saying. That the killing was an expression of love. So I was saying, in that case I'd rather be neglected.... But hey, who am I but a mere mortal. I just don't get these abstract expressions of love.

Dee said...

i read this when it was on avi's site a long time ago and i rember that i was weirded out by what he was writing but i kind of agreed... i think that it was just an observation like at the end it says "it CAN'T make any sense." just like we don't understand why Hashem wanted the people in the midbor to die we can't fathom what he had in mind in the holocaust. like, meybe it was his weird way of saying "I love you" but i agree with es that if thats the case, don't do me any favors.
so i think avi was saying "there is no way to explain this and we can never understand." and i think sabra thinks that it was FOR SURE Hashem's love and she is fine with that but that makes me very uncomfortable.

the sabra said...

sheyiye.

es, ur last line-re being a mere mortal-sums it up.

thank you people for readin n ritin.

Anonymous said...

sgiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

the sabra said...

The only thing I can think of is 'siiiiiigh'.

?

If so, yes.

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the sabra said...

Correct: the holocaust was a horrible terrible thing that is grossly limited by such words as horrible and terrible.
Correct: we can not understand how G-d could have allowed such a holocaust to happen.
Correct-we do not understand most (all?) of G-d's actions.
Correct: if we were to know G-d, we would be G-d.
Correct: G-d created us and put a piece of Himself in us.

the sabra said...

In midst of my work just now, I came across this article. It's called "The Believers Complaint".

the sabra said...

Ooh it's so good. I read it again. In the midst of all the mumbai bloodbath searches, an a-7713 auschwitz one appeared.

I don't remember noticing this part before--the kids not being tattooed but still being killed. What's that supposed to mean?? That the children were meant to survive but something got in the way of G-d's plans??

the sabra said...

I know this is no toras moshe here but still trying to understand...

Avi said...

It's not toras Moshe? :( Bummer...

Parents are not supposed to die young. Children are not supposed to die--

Unless Gd wants them to because He loves them.

So: Gd numbers those He chooses to be with Him. And He leaves the others alone. Unmarked.

And if He takes the unmarked anyway? Then what? Has it become okay for children to die? Was the numbering not even a factor in His decision?

The point of noting the numbering, is, I believe, further testament to the chaos that prevailed during the Holocaust and that prevails during each calamity. There may BE a reason, but we are not looking for it.

Like the Levi'im, the 1.5 million children were not MEANT to die. Like their children, though, the 4.5 million Jewish adults--markings and all--were not meant to die either.

They just did.

"When millions of men, women and children are sent systematically to their deaths, it can't make any sense!"

the sabra said...

Ok so then it makes no sense to even talk about it. Can't make sense means can't make sense.

Had the unmarked children survived, then it (not the holocaust but the outcome) would make sense.

whatever. ad mosai, basically.

the sabra said...

Sometimes I wish I never read this cuz it so irks me. So tickles my brain.

SwtPotato said...

We discussed Auschwitz on Sukkot. Auschwitz compared to Treblinka and Majdanek.

the sabra said...

I didn't visit Treblinka. Someone wanna describe it?

the sabra said...

Compare it to the other camps...

Anonymous said...

The Holocaust never happened!