Is jealousy also a theme in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice?
Davka, we're in a year of a double Adar, the month of Purim. Purim is the holiday of masks and drinking and the principle that wine takes off the mask, lets the truth come out. We keep seeing that in all of the revelations of "closet" antisemitism in all sorts of celebrities like Galliano and Gibson.
I'm studying Megillat Ester, the Scroll of Esther in Matan this year, and one of the big questions concerns why Mordechai refused to bow down to Haman. Bowing to a person is not a major sin. There are many examples of Jews bowing to others in the Bible. Jacob bows to his brother Jacob, and Josef's ten older brothers bow to him as Pharaoh's Second in Command, when they have no idea that he's their younger brother. Chazal, our sages, say that his refusing to bow, causing attention to himself was to force Haman to reveal his true feelings. Mordechai had already planted Esther in the king's palace, like a mole awaiting action.
Should we be grateful that the pope has admitted that Jews aren't guilty for the death of Jesus? Will it make a difference? Can the Christians really erase their life-long hatred of Jews and antisemitism?
Going back in history to the very beginnings of both Christianity and Islam, I've written about them as being identity theft. Can their histories be more a matter of "Imitation is the highest form of flattery?" Considering their adoption of our ancient history, our forefathers, our major historic leaders, our Land and for the Christians our entire Bible it's clear that they want to be us. Our continued existence and our successes and return to our historic Holyland is proof of their falsity, the lie of their very basic theology.
Christian and Moslem theologies are based on the supposition that they can supplant Judaism, not only in theory but in Our Land. As we thrive we prove them wrong. There's nothing to talk about. That's the inherent danger in dialoging with other religions like what Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Froman promote.
Purim and a thorough deep reading of Megillat Ester are lessons for today for Jews in our Holyland and abroad. It is time for all Jews to return home both physically, culturally and spiritually. Once we all do that G-d will assist with all His Might.