November 4, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Funeral for a Fiend?

Mobius at JewSchool asks concerning Yasser Arafat's reported (and denied) death: Is it wrong to gloat?! Is it unenlightened? Illiberal?My answer:

Wrong? Well, possibly premature.

And gloat? He was not a young man; seems to be dying relatively painlessly.

Had he fallen off a camel or buried beneath his paperwork, that would be cause to gloat. Had he been strung up on a lamp pole, you could elbow your place at the gloating table.

But so many Israelis and Palestinians killed and wounded, and Arafat dies painlessly (though ironically -- bad blood indeed!) -- all we can do is repeat Blessed is the Just Judge.