... G-d has not only granted us life -- He has granted us existence itself, be it before life, in the course of it, or after it. Our very being, not only our lives, is only true because He wills it.
That’s to say that when a person is born, he’s placed “on record” of sorts: He can never have not have been born, and we fervently believe that he will never cease to have existed after his demise. There’s no undoing of that reality. Had that person not been granted reality though, he’d be on no record whatsoever, if you will.
It is not simply that all record of his having existed would be lost or undone; there would simply be none....
Last night I heard Judith Miller punditizing on television about the Akin fiasco. The truth nearly crossed her lips, as she started to describe unfettered access to birth control and abortion as "women's demands" -- but then quickly caught herself on the spot. Correction? "women's rights."
Years ago, when Yeshiva Son was stuck as a lonely conservative in a typically liberal liberal arts college, he observed that whatever appetite happened to present itself in any given moment quickly became a "right." I thought of this when I heard Judith Miller... and then again as I was reading Jeannie DeAngelis at American Thinker:
The right to abort the unborn is so precious to left-leaning women that they are even willing to overlook the fact that 50% of the fetuses losing their lives in abortion clinics are of the gender they believe Republicans are currently waging war against."
Of course, there are wars and then there are... wars. Some are more urgent than others. In this age of information overload it's often difficult to know which to fight first, especially when the Onslaught of Opinion seems to be overlapping with the "complete concealment" of His "countenance."
"When tragedy comes to the Jewish People, we could think that Hashem has abandoned us to our enemies. When we are beset by those who wish to destroy us and they seem to be unstoppable and we are powerless, and they kill us from morning till evening, let us remember this verse: "I will surely hide My face." (Devarim 2:18)
"Hashem will never abandon us; rather, we feel that He has forsaken us because He has hidden His face. When Hashem hides ‘His face’ it means that we cannot see Him controlling events. It seems to us that chaos rules....