We have become used to thinking of the diaspora as a place of danger; Israel of safety. The fact the biggest murder of Jews in one day since the Holocaust took place in Israel is simply unfathomable. The question is inevitable: Where was God? A strange Midrash on this week’s parashah may hint at an answer.
A few years ago, Israeli academic Amnon Rubinstein wrote ‘The Sea above us,’ a fictional tale in which Tel Aviv, Israel’s first Hebrew metropolis, lies under water. In an interview with Ari Shavit, the author explained the idea behind his novel, describing his deep ‘existential anxiety that our country is hanging by a thread, that one day it may simply cease to be.
I haven’t read the book, but I admire Rubenstein and share his anxiety about the future