With Great Purim Comes Great Responsibility

Ralph Seliger writes at the Meretz Blog,

It is we Jews who are cursed — not in the sense that the Amalekites were, but in being forever burdened with the literal word of our holy texts. This is not the only instance in which the Children of Israel are commanded to engage in what we now call genocide. I recall a history professor who made the point (tendentiously, I think) that the Jews “invented” genocide; actually, we didn’t, but we’re the only ones honest and foolish enough to include our ancient foibles and crimes in our mythic writings (the Bible).

For more on this theme, check out Rabbi David Golinkin’s drash in JP.o.s. as well as Rabbi Jill Jacobs’ first submission to Radical Torah, “Confronting Our Anger.”

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