For reasons known only to You, You have seen fit to torment Your people in this way. I know You have Your reasons. But what have we done as a people to deserve this at this moment in history - so soon after the holocaust? I ask this with Emunah Shelaima - complete faith and with all the love, awe, and reverence for You that I have in my soul - B’Chol L'vovcha U’Bchol Nafshecha - was the holocaust not enough?Meanwhile, LazerBeams not only knows why it happened, but he predicted it.
Tzadik V’Ra Lo. Why do the righteous suffer? This is theodicy. But how can we make sense of the insensible? There are no satisfying answers although many traditional explanations are given.
Just three days ago on my weekly Sunday slot on Israel National Radio, I spoke about the connections between the San Francisco gay parade and the wildfires all across Northern California. With a lump in my throat I added, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones," trembling at what might happen after the Israeli government and Supreme Court allowed a public display of abomination in the streets of Jerusalem and hoping that the emuna revolution in Israel would be enough to get us off the hook.And here is where he explains why this happened:
The location of the bulldozer massacre was very symbolic - right on the corner of Yafo and Sarei Yisrael Streets. This is in effect the border between the religious and non-religious neighborhoods. What's Hashem telling us? Don't just blame the gays and the impurade. When religious women's hemlines go up and necklines go down, when they wear tight fitting clothes with a long blond wig that reaches vertebrae #8 and clicky spike heels, then the Divine Presence also says bye-bye.Thus, it was the fault of the gay pride parade, but also because the religious are not extreme enough in their standards of tznius.
It must be wonderful to have such ruach hakodesh, and to be privy to the private thoughts of HaKadosh Baruch Hu -- to be able to pluck one detail from among thousands and pinpoint that as the intended symbolism, and to be able to correctly interpret that symbol, such that it reinforces your true beliefs, which you held until this point.
See, if I were to look for the symbolism, I would think to seize upon the same symbolism of location -- the border between the religious and non-religious neighborhoods -- and say that this was punishment for the failure in the relationship between religious and non-religious. That is, the sinas chinam which inevitably manifests, for example, in protests against the parade, and in the condemnation and villification of the other.
Of course, I know that I do not have ruach hakodesh, and would not try to make use of such a tragedy to promote my own beliefs. I would recognize that it is possible for different people to twist it to any agenda they have, and put words in Hashem's mouth. In the end, I would agree with Rabbi Harry Maryles at Emes veEmuna that as we try to come to terms with it, we do not know the reason for such a tragedy.