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The Meron circus

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This harsh commentary regarding the tragic Meron fiasco is now ready for posting, now that most if not all of the bereaved families have gotten up from sitting shiva. The embargo has been self-imposed as a matter of common courtesy; there will be plenty of opportunity for criticism and critique of the multifaceted failings behind the misadventure, and there is a surfeit of blame to go around for what many, myself included, view as the criminal negligence involved.

More compelling than the common courtesy considerations, however, is my personal connection. Having gotten up from sitting shiva for my mother immediately prior to this past Pesach weekend, my own apartment might well have once again been the situs of another shiva, this time for a senseless Lag B’Omer death in Meron; I am, of course, most grateful that such was not the case.

My son, having twice achieved fatherhood in the past two years, has quite appropriately begun to adjust his thought processes accordingly. His and his wife’s typical Fridays are spent doing Shabbat preparations which almost always include rearranging furniture, cooking for guests, and general clean-up chores. Having planned to go to Meron on Thursday evening, and expecting to sleep late on Friday following his return to his Tzfat apartment in the wee hours of the morning, he decided to get a head start Thursday afternoon on the Shabbat preparations so that his wife could better direct her energies towards the needs of their toddler and their infant.

It was past midnight by the time he........

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