The amazing scene – and chant – at the US Naval Academy last night:
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, on the other hand, advocates muted celebration:
First there is recognition that even when our enemy falls, this does not signal an end to all our troubles. Just because one enemy or one army or one threat has been removed does not mean we are entirely safe.
Second, we must acknowledge that the destruction of the enemy did not necessarily arise from our own merits. We are perhaps not worthy of the good fortune that we have received and so we do not want to tempt God, as it were, or remind the Angel of Death of our own defects.
(Hat tip: Patrick Ishmael)