Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan Chief Rabbi Says 'Time To Be Silent' Over Chávez Death
Caracas, Venezuela - In an interview with The Tablet ( http://bit.ly/XqJR6J) just hours after the news of Hugo Chávez’s death, a Venezuelan rabbi familiar with Chávez said that now is the “time to be silent” when remembering the deceased leader.
“One should respect the dead,” said Rabbi Pynchas Brener. “And, after a few days, we should evaluate the meaning of Chávez to the Jewish community.”
Rabbi Brener is the chief Rabbi and is affiliated with the Unión Israelita de Caracas an Orthodox Jewish org., and is extraordinarily familiar with Chávez’s rule, during which over 50 percent of Venezuela’s Jews fled the country.
When asked to comment on the deluge of commentary immediately following the announcement, Rabii Brener replied, “Do you know the Torah?”
Brener alluded to the story of Aaron, recalling the phrase, “And Aaron was silent…”
“When death occurs,” continued Rabbi Brener, “maybe we should express condolence, especially his parents who are both living. For parents to lose a child is a terrible thing. Right now is a time to be silent and let time go by and then maybe think about the meaning of Chávez to the Jewish community.”
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