Tikkun ‘Rabbis’: Bring Mordechai to the ICC on War Crimes Charges
The headline may be Purim, but the rest of this article is not.
“Rabbi” Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes:
We at Beyt Tikkun have been struggling internally about how to deal with the Jewish violence and revenge that is part of the Purim story.
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The question we struggle with is: Should we boycott this holiday entirely? Is there a way to challenge its hurtful parts without discrediting the legitimate joy our people feels when it is saved from the intended violence against us?
At a Purim celebration last year Rabbi Dev Noily presented this very moving introduction to those chapters that momentarily woke up those who had come to “just have fun” with a message that forced everyone to realize that we were talking about Jews involved in mass killing…. Please read Rabbi Dev’s valuable words.
Rabbi Dev Noily’s Introduction to Chapter 9 of the Book of Esther:
And now, my friends, here comes the part
that, if you have one, will break your heart.
Na’hafoch na’hafoch, it’s all reversed,
all turned around and gone berserk.
What’s good is bad what’s bad is good,
there’s bloodshed where the hero stood.
Our people are spared, no one kills any Jews
and that, of course, is very good news.
If only the story could stop right here,
we’d offer thanks, we’d raise a cheer!
We’d dance and sing and shout in glee,
we’d be just who we hoped we’d be.
The Jews of Shushan would fall to their knees
with gratitude to the Source of Being.
But no, my friends, we’ll have no such luck.
As the story unfolds, we think,What the F – ???
This “Rabbi Dev” and “Rabbi” Lerner don’t even understand the basic plot of the Book of Esther. They cannot find a possible way to interpret the text in any way beyond bloodthirsty Jewish revenge.
Rabbi Dev’s ridiculous poem is an introduction to Chapter 9 of Esther. Yet Chapter 8 explains exactly why the Jews were going on the offensive: because the king’s decree that allowed his subjects to murder all the Jews was still in effect (verse 5), and because a royal decree could not be reversed (verse 8). Haman’s followers were sharpening their swords to murder the Jews at the very point that Rabbi Dev claims that the Jews had already been saved.
Moreover, while the decree that Mordechai wrote would have allowed the Jews to kill not only the Persian men, but also their wives and children, there is no mention in Chapter 9 of any killing of women and children. Furthermore, the chapter makes clear that the Jews did not take the possessions of their enemies, which again the edict would have allowed.
Why did the Jews not follow the edict allowing them to take the spoils? The answer may be that the wording of the edict in chapter 8 was meant to instill fear in the enemies of the Jews. As verse 2 of chapter 9 states, “No man could withstand them; for the fear of them [the Jews] was fallen upon all the peoples.”
There is a clear disconnect between the words of the edict and what actually happened. How deep that disconnect is, we cannot say for sure.
What we do know is that the Tikkun “rabbis” are completely wrong in their assumption of Jewish bloodthirsty revenge. Instead, we know that the Jews only destroyed their hard-core enemies who were bent on genocide.
So why can’t these rabbis interpret Esther in a way that would adhere perfectly to the Geneva Conventions — as I showed can be done using the plain text of the Megillah?
The answer is that the narrative of the warmongering, militant Jew who is hell-bent on murdering civilians is too compelling for them to abandon. These two “rabbis” are bending over backwards to show that they are more moral than the savage Jews of yesterday — and today.