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Purim: A Wacky Tribute to Life

The Talmud's advice for this holiday: get drunk.

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P. David Hornik

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March 15, 2014 - 6:00 am

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Purim is a nationalistic holiday that enshrines survival and the defeat of enemies, and in the 20th century it won some strange resonances.

On October 16, 1946, the Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher, who was convicted in the Nuremberg Trials for inciting genocide, remarked as he was being led to the gallows: “Purimfest 1946.” In 1953, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was making genocidal plans for Soviet Jewry. Those plans were shelved, though, when he suffered a stroke (dying a few days later) on March 1—which, that year, was Purim.

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There is no mystery here: The Edomites and Ishmaelites have joined forces and now turn their Evil eyes toward Jerusalem.


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Obama- a modern day Hamann.
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"The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win, because they love life and we love death." - Hassan Nasrallah

And the most puzzling aspect of the left: support for Muslim causes and a people who love death and celebrate martyrdom, and revulsion against Jewish causes and a people who love life and mourn for the dead. It's almost as if those who support Muslim causes have a death wish for themselves and, by extension, the rest of the non-Muslim world.
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Great video on Purim in Jerusalem. The Jews definitely know how to have a good time. The idiots who want to kill them are missing out on their potential best friend, business partner, client, or the person who could change their life for the better. You get more by being nice, it just does not feed you inner beast as much. And bad people need to feed their inner beast.
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Obama- a modern day Hamann.
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"The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win, because they love life and we love death." - Hassan Nasrallah

And the most puzzling aspect of the left: support for Muslim causes and a people who love death and celebrate martyrdom, and revulsion against Jewish causes and a people who love life and mourn for the dead. It's almost as if those who support Muslim causes have a death wish for themselves and, by extension, the rest of the non-Muslim world.
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Not only puzzling, but downright scary.
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There is no mystery here: The Edomites and Ishmaelites have joined forces and now turn their Evil eyes toward Jerusalem.


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