Kinah 8-Waiting To Die

Jul 5th, 2013 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
“It would be best to pitch my tent in death’s shadow.” This sounds all too familiar! “The children agitated within her, and she said, ‘If so, why do I exist (Genesis 25:22).” “And Esau said, ‘Look, I am going to die, so of what use to me is a birth right (Verse 32).” “Rachel saw that she had not borne children to Jacob, so Rachel became envious of her sister; she said to Jacob, ‘Give me children – otherwise I am dead (30:1).” Jeremiah begs for death and bemoans the day of his birth. Job wishes for death (Job 3:11-13).

I have heard far too many depressed people express a desire to die, and have great difficulty with this line, especially since we have survived because of our commitment to life.

“See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse (Deuteronomy 11:26).” There is a similar verse, “See, I have placed before you today the life and the good, and the death and the evil (Deuteronomy 30:15).” The second verse adds the dimension of life and death; it is no longer just a choice between blessing and curse or good and evil, it is a choice between one form of life and another.

When we read of great biblical characters expressing a desire for death, they are saying I want an entirely new level of life.

“It would be best to pitch my tent in death’s shadow,” is our expression of a wish to no longer live a life of being a victim, but to live an entirely new existence as a being with hope and aspiration.

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