Divrei Hayamim I – Eleven: Peoplehood

“And all Israel gathered to David to Hebron, saying, ‘Behold, we are your bone and your flesh (Chronicles I 11:1).'” This verse just struck me on so many levels. Today has been a tragic day for the collective family of the Jewish people. Due to rain in Israel, flash floods in the deserts caused the death of nine high school students on a hiking trip. It’s a horrific loss, and there’s a great deal of sadness going around right now. This verse made me think of that, because it seems to summarize the collective nature of Jewish peoplehood. We’re all connected, whether or not we even realize it, through tangible and metaphorical bonds that make us one. So this isn’t just a loss for the immediate families, though they’re of course feeling it on a level that none of us could dream of. But we’re all feeling the heartbreak of senseless loss, and I hope that the collective Jewish people find comfort at this tragic time.

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