Shabbos Reading

This morning, in shul, we read Leviticus 24, where, building up to the famous eye for an eye passage, the text says: “And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death. And he that kills a beast [belonging to another man] shall make it good; beast for beast.”

This afternoon, at home, I read the story of the Jewish writer Bruno Schultz, killed in 1942. Schultz, who lived in the Polish city of Drohobych, had come under the protection of Felix Landau, an officer in the SS. Schultz painted murals on the bedroom walls of Landau’s little boy. Landau liked to go on Jew-killing sprees in the Drohobych ghetto. On one such expedition, he murdered a Jewish dentist who had been under the protection of Karl Günther, another officer in the SS. Taking revenge, Günther hunted down Schultz in the streets. He shot him twice in the head. Explaining himself, Günther said to Landau, “You killed my Jew—I killed yours.”



  1. uh...clem May 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm | #

    anything about Karl Marx, born 200 years ago today?

    • uh...clem May 5, 2018 at 5:27 pm | #

      I should have said, “Worker” speaking—a famous sequence from “I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus” by the Firesign Theatre..

  2. Glenn May 9, 2018 at 4:57 pm | #


    I’ve been back here to read this on three days without responding.

    I’m not of a religion, but I’m human.

    And I recognize you as human, also.

    And that this should never need affirmation.

    But sadly, it seems it does.

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