Thursday, October 28, 2010

God's Chosen People?

The following passages come from a recent story published by Haaretz:

Israel, where the incidence of breast cancer is among the highest in the world, launched an international breast cancer awareness month on Saturday.... Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Israel. The high rate is attributed to the "Jewish gene" – three mutations in the genes BRACA1 and BRACA2 – which raise the likelihood of breast cancer by 60 to 80 percent. These mutations are relatively common among Jewish Ashkenazi women, at a rate of 2.5 percent (as opposed to 0.3 percent among the general population).


What kind of gOd afflicts his "chosen people" with such a terrible disease?

Or stands by and does so little to protect them?

A callous gOd?

A cruel gOd?

A gOd without the power to help?

A non-existent gOd?

Of all the possibilities, the last seems to me to be the only one that makes any sense.

If another one makes more sense to you, please tell me why.

(To learn more about how Ashkenazi Jews also seem to have a much greater likelihood of suffering from another health problem, go here.)

1 comment:

  1. RYN: Thanks for your note. Today was marginally better but I am still waaayyy too ready to put my 2 weeks in on Monday. :P