Bene Yisrael, World: We can learn to love again

By: Hannah L.

The world is crying for us to love again.  Begging.  Pleading.  Sounds too sappy for you, Ms. Life’s-Thrown-Me-Too-Many-Punches?  What about you, Mr. Intellectual?  Too sentimental?

Well, hold that thought.  For fun, let’s turn this scenario into a mini-musical. (I know, your initial gag of cynicism has just escalated into uncontrollable dry heaving.  Just bear with me….You will find musicals put all debates to rest.)  Think Shir HaShirim in G-Major, tempoed at 95 BPMs.

BUT before the curtains rise, I must warn you of the house rules:

1. Full monty, audience engagement is key.  Start by cranking up the volume.

2. Just for opening night:  Once you’ve pressed the toppled pyramid on the YouTube player, close your eyes.  Don’t get distracted by the artists.  During initial performances let’s just concern ourselves with lyrics (fine, and accompanying music).

3. If it’s hard to hear the God voice in any actor (i.e., Nate Ruess [see below]), then we’ll call his character the nations of the world (a cluster of God sparks — you know that pesky little idea we share as Jews that God is one and One in all).  It’s fine; the point will hold

Okay, let’s go.

Act One

Enter the actors:  Pink playing Am Yisrael wrestling with the Divine throughout the ages and Nate Ruess in the role of God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzbvUufPe-M

Act Two

Enter the actors: Pink playing the voice of the nations (and individuals) of the world (let’s say it’s their subconscious voice…) to Israel post-Beit HaMikdash א and Nate Ruess in the role of Israel addressing the international community at the UN or in Davos or somewhere like that. (Not sure we’re so conscious of our voice either).  (Just grab the link above…geese, must I do everything?)

Third and Final Act (and most fundamental if we’re going to form a better world)

Enter the actors: Pink playing the moderate voices in Judaism confronting the Am and Nate Ruess, extreme voices that believe sincerely they represent justice and truth (misplaced goodness, I’ll call it); yet they fail to bring about our mission of tikkun and our obligation of being an or l’goyim by virtue of polarizing the population.  (Again, the link above, people…[rolling eyes].)

Curtains close.  Audience applauds.  Standing ovation ensues.  An eruption of cheers and chants of “chazak, chazak, v’nitchazak!” follows.  Actors bow in awe and gratitude, and beckon the audience on stage.  Curtains reopen.  A house for all nations appears.

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