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Aug 24, 2015

Shlissel reminded me of the Menendez brothers

The Menendez bothers murdered their parents (in 1989) and then begged for the mercy of the court on account of them being orphans.

This expression is almost the definition of chutzpah and dates much farther back than the Menendez brothers. Abraham Lincoln is credited with using this as the definition of "hypocrite". Lincoln said a hypocrite is the man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.

My mind went to the Menendez brothers when I read about the court decision in the case of Yishai Shlissel, the man who murdered Shira Blanki in the Gay Pride Parade recently, and tried to stab others. Actually it was not the court decision that made me think of the Menendez brothers, but something Shlissel himself said during the court proceedings.

Shlissel said that to commemorate the memory of Shira, the Pride Parade should be stopped and no longer held in the future. If we want her ultimate good, we must stop the blasphemy against God. Future parades will bring harsh decrees against the Jewish people.
source: Kooker

I think Shlissel's statement qualifies for the title of "chutzpah, and for Lincoln's definition of hypocrite. He might not be as bad as the Menendez brothers, as he was not asking the court for mercy, but he isn't that far off. 

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  1. I do not see the connection at all, unless you believe that the Menendez brothers were horribly abused, as in their claim, and that the parade was abusive to Shlissel and all of Jerusalem, ie. spiritually/hillul HaShem. Then maybe I could see the connection.

    Hypocrite? I think he's being quite consistent. He thought that the parade was wrong, and he still does. It was wrong to kill her, but what should we do to commemorate her death, hold another parade? Or cancel the parade which he believes is wrong.

    I think he's thinking in terms of a posthumous tiqqun.

    1. If he hadn't killed her she wouldn't have needed a posthumous tikun


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