Purim’s Violent Side

We cannot have our day of fun on Purim without first reflecting on violence caused toward women, with the Fast of Esther; thus, this Jewish holiday must be seen as a two-day observance that encompasses solemn reflection and unbridled celebration.

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I've recently had to accept a fact of Judaism: many of our holidays include celebrations of violence. Hanukkah celebrates the military victory over the Greeks; Passover includes praise for God for killing the...