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Bin Laden's Burial

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011 - 12:00 pm

It has been headline news for the passed few days that Osama Bin Laden was killed.  After he was killed, the military did their best to bury him within 24 hours. Their goal was that his burial should be in accordance with the Muslim law, his religion. Why? Why accord a terrorist the luxury of a respectful burial? Why did they care? Didn’t they just kill him? Don’t they want him to suffer?

I would venture to say no. Looking at this from a different perspective, we can say that the goal of the mission was not one of revenge, rather to eradicate evil.

Osama Bin Laden embodied evil by perpetuating countless acts of violence against innocent civilians and calling for others to do the same. His goal was evil. The Navy Seals who carried out this mission were men of faith, strength, courage and integrity. Their goal was to find the disease, in this case evil, and destroy it. Their value is freedom. Once the evil was removed, this corpse becomes no different then any other corpse that deserves a burial required by its religion.

The Baal Shem Tov says that we can learn a lesson from everything we see or hear. What lesson can we learn from the Navy Seals?

Throughout our lives, we encounter evil. Hopefully it is not of this magnitude. When fighting with or destroying evil, we can get dirty and our values can get skewed. Let us learn from the Navy Seals to have a clear goal of removing the evil without losing our values.

I can go a bit further and consider these Navy Seals to be a beam of light in a dark place. To remove darkness, all you need is a little bit of light. This Friday night you too can join our mission of removing darkness from within our midst. By lighting Shabbos candles, you too can add light into your home and consequently the world.

Click here for a how to guide

Have a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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