A thread on accountability:

One of the most telling communications, about the Meron tragedy, comes from a unique source.

Mansour Abbas, Islamist Israeli politician, expresses a deep sense of pain for those he terms the Korbanot - the sacrificial offerings.

What does the tragic loss of life, in Meron, have to do with Korbanot? Has anyone willingly engaged in human sacrifice?

The answer might surprise you.

News sources have reported on numerous warnings issued by public officials, in past years, about the safety hazards that were part and parcel of every Lag BaOmer celebration, in Meron.

These same sources speak to the unwillingness of those religious groups that control Meron to submit to government oversight.

Knowingly or unknowingly Abbas has his finger on the pulse of a community that values ancient, sacred celebrations over public safety.

We have become a community that is willing to play Russian Roulette, to essentially sacrifice the health and even the lives of ourselves and others, in our pursuit of freedom to worship and celebrate, unfettered by government regulations, safety-related or otherwise.

IMO, the hapless victims of Meron are the Korbanot that have been offered by these religious groups, the corrupt politicians, like Aryeh Deri, who protect them and, by extension, every Israeli who votes for Deri and his ilk.

Make no mistake: Judaism sanctions neither human sacrifice nor the endangering of human life, especially for a celebratory custom.

We need to make different choices, so that the tragic deaths of the Meron victims not be in vain.


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