Graffiti on a cemetery wall is a silent alarm. John Donne said, “Don’t send to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” Shakespeare said, “To take up arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing them, end them.”
The bell or alarm has sounded. What should I, as a Jew, do?
My heart wants to punish the perpetrator(s) of the graffiti. To let them know the pain and suffering those symbols represent. To let them smell the box cars filled with men, women and children being carried to their death. I want them to feel what they felt standing in those box cars unable to sit, rest, or relieve themselves. So close that they shared their death before they died.
In truth, I know that this kind of individual or group is rare in our community. Most people are aware of the hatred and fear that these ignorant people use to make themselves feel better. Thank God that fine people answer the call to eradicate this kind of cancer. Cancer: an infection that grows uncontrollably and destroys healthy tissue.