Monday, February 28, 2022

War and wages: An accountant's comment on the war in Ukraine calls a prophet to mind

"Wait until the Russian troops in Ukraine realize that the ruble is now worth nothing and they're not going to get paid."

The minute my husband said that, I knew I'd heard something very much like it in one of the dozen or so haftarot that I chant every year.  So I started checking from the first one.  Noach?  Nope.  Shabbat Chanukah I (which is also Haftarat B'haalot'cha)?  Not.  Vaera? That's the one.

Copied from Sefaria--Ezekiel 29:18

בֶּן־אָדָ֗ם נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּ֣ר מֶֽלֶךְ־בָּ֠בֶ֠ל הֶעֱבִ֨יד אֶת־חֵיל֜וֹ עֲבֹדָ֤ה גְדוֹלָה֙ אֶל־צֹ֔ר כׇּל־רֹ֣אשׁ מֻקְרָ֔ח וְכׇל־כָּתֵ֖ף מְרוּטָ֑ה וְ֠שָׂכָ֠ר לֹא־הָ֨יָה ל֤וֹ וּלְחֵילוֹ֙ מִצֹּ֔ר עַל־הָעֲבֹדָ֖ה אֲשֶׁר־עָבַ֥ד עָלֶֽיהָ׃ {ס}         O mortal, King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon has made his army expend vast labor on Tyre; every head is rubbed bald and every shoulder scraped. But he and his army have had no return for the labor he expended on Tyre.  

Ukrainians are suffering, and the Russian people will also pay a price while their dictator plays warlord using Russian citizens to do his dirty work.  😢


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