by: Rabbi Dev Noily, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Michael Kagan, and Aryeh Cohen on March 6th, 2017 | 6 Comments »
A note from Rabbi Lerner:
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. We will be talking about it at our Shabbat morning service this coming Shabbat of RemembranceMarch 11 at 951 Cragmont Ave, Berkeley Ca. starting at10:30 a.m.and followed by a veggie pot-luck (and then at 7 that night we will be joining the Aquarian Minyan for reading the Book of Esther and their Purim play which undoubtedly will deal with Trump (will he be the evil Haman or the buffoon kind Ahashverus?)
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?
These are some of the issues raised in the articles below. In the last chapters of the Megillah of Esther the acts of mass killings by Jews against our supposed enemies is recounted with nary a word of regret or sadness. This is so unlike the Passover seder when we dip from the cup of joy when naming the plagues visited on the Egyptians-a symbolic way of saying that we cannot be fully happy when our own liberation comes at the expense of the suffering of others (in that case, including the death of the first born children of Egypt, few of whom had anything to do with the oppression of Israelite slaves). Our community Seder this year will take place 2nd Seder night,Tuesday April 11th. Registration info will be on our Beyt Tikkun websitewww.beyttikkun.org