The Way of the World/2

by Mark Chmiel

In 1974 Rabbi Yitz Greenberg averred
No statement theological or otherwise

Is credible unless it’s credible
In the presence of burning children

The U.S. government cares passionately
Rhetorically about the burning children

Victimized by our enemies
And cares not one whit

For the white phosphorussed children
Of Gaza and Fallujah

–from novel-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

Source
Irving Greenberg, “Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire : Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity after the Holocaust,” in Auschwitz, Beginning of a New Era? : Reflections on the Holocaust : Papers Given at the International Symposium on the Holocaust, held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, June 3 to 6, 1974, edited by Eva Fleischner.

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