Mother Rachel and Yitzchak Rabin are forever linked by adjacent yahrtzeits, hers on Heshvan 11, his on the 12th. They’re linked as well by one of Rabin’s final and finest moments in the Knesset. On Oct. 5, 1995, one day shy of a month before his assassination, Rabin asked the Knesset to ratify Oslo’s cornerstone “Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement,” and what that meant for Rachel’s Tomb.
It may well be the most exquisite moment on television this season, and the most simple. Alone on a bare stage, before a live audience, Rabbi Irwin Kula, shaggy haired and without a tie, sings the transcripts of telephone calls from the doomed of 9-11 using the bittersweet melody of Tisha bíAvís Lamentations.
Looking at his papers as if they were a prayer, Rabbi Kula softly chants, ìHoney, something terrible is happening. I donít think Iím going to make it. I love you, take care of the children.î