[Avodah] In defense of Haman -- NOT Purim Torah

Zev Sero zev at sero.name
Wed Mar 20 16:02:53 PDT 2019

On 20/3/19 9:58 am, Micha Berger via Avodah wrote:
> So, okay, Haman was indeed a rasha. But he wasn't simply attempting to
> exterminate an entire nation -- he was attempting to exterminate an
> entire nation that was out to exterminate his own people.
> And yet Chazal portray him as some unfathomable monster. "Harasha"
> puts him in a pretty select group.

Because Chazal did not have the universalist ethics that you are trying 
to impose on the situation.   Haman's sin was *not* "genocide", any more 
than that was the Nazis' sin.  Their sin was trying to wipe *us* out. 
Haman's reasons are irrelevant.  By trying to wipe us out he made 
himself our enemy, and therefore he was a rasha and we celebrate his 
downfall.  Had he tried to wipe out some other nation it would be none 
of our business.

Zev Sero            A prosperous and healthy 5779 to all
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