Tres venganzas judías, la masacres de sus enemigos una vez derrotados:
Like every Jewish historic festival, Purim is a rather blood-thirsty celebration.
On Pesach, God made himself known to Israelites specifically by wholesale killing of the Egyptians (Exodus 7:5, 14:17). Jews also were less than politically correct then: the only time the Torah applies the word neighbor to our opponents is when we borrowed jewelry from the Egyptians without meaning to give it back.
On Hanukkah, we celebrate victory in a brutal civil war where Jewish ultra-Orthodox Maccabeans defeated the liberals who merely sought to introduce some elements of Hellenistic culture and tolerance to other religions. The Maccabean war was not one of independence: Judea merely turned from Syrian into Roman protectorate.
On Purim, we do not celebrate deliverance from evil Haman. He was hanged nine months before that (Esther 8:9) for two offenses: plotting against Esther’s people and apparently trying to rape her (7:8), and Mordechai was appointed in his stead. It is unthinkable, in that order of events, for the planned massacre against Jews to be carried out. In the Middle Eastern customs, an edict not actively lobbied for was doomed to oblivion, and with Haman’s demise Jews were safe despite the fact that the Artaxerxes’ murderous edict could not be formally rescinded.
No lo veo escandaloso. Me parece venganza legítima, aunque desmesurada. Y en la última creo que hay un punto de ese sadismo de campo de exterminio: Facts of Purim. Lo que sí veo escandaloso es que ahora quieran pretender que el holocausto es algo único, el mal absoluto.
Más, del mismo autor en el mismo tono: Down with everything.