Tuesday, April 03, 2012
The Canadian film 7 Days describes a fictional story in which a Quebec surgeon's eight year old daughter, a lovely and beloved only child, is raped and murdered in a park. Upon learning that the police have apprehended the perpetrator, the grief stricken father decides to take revenge. He abducts the suspect while the suspect is being brought to his trial. Over the course of seven days, the father uses his surgical skills and equipment to brutally torture his daughter's killer. I am not going to spoil the movie, however suffice to say, by the time the father is interrupted by the police, the killer is no longer in good health.
Frankly, I was shaken by this movie on many levels, not the least because I am the father of two small daughters.
However, as Jews, this story should fill us with an immense fear of God. This story can help us comprehend the potentially incomprehensible and inescapable punishment for sin.
The Ramban wrote in Shaar haGemul that one moment of suffering in hell is worse than suffering like Job for seventy years in this world. Whatever horrific suffering a person can imagine enduring in this world, for seven days or even for seventy years, it is nevertheless not comparable to a moment in hell.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 10:31 PM