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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Kappara for Qaddafi

The gemara (Berachot 10b, Pesahim 56a, Sanhedrin 47a, Makkot 24a) talks about King Hizkiya dragging his wicked father Ahaz's bones in a bed of ropes as an atonement for his sins, and this act was sanctioned by the rabbis.

Former Libyan leader Qaddafi was recently confirmed Jewish for the umpteenth time, but this time, by a top advisor.  Also recently, a video of his body "being used by rebels as ghoulish ventriloquist's doll" has surfaced

We don't know the workings of Shamayim, but it seems to me that this man received at least a partial atonement for his numerous sins.  The juxtapostion of the revelation of these 2 stories seems to lend credence to this idea.  Only Hashem knows.

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