Tonight begins the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Like so many Jewish holidays, it is an inconvenient fit for liberal clergy and parishioners who insist that Jewish values consist of social justice.
Instead he and his fellow conspirators must die.
Purim is a reminder that real Jewish values are not a suicide pact or a soppy tale of moral ambiguity and bleeding heart empathy for genocidal monsters.
Jewish holidays mark historical events by
testifying to a G-d of history who is less concerned with feelings and
tolerance, than with justice and truth.
Mordechai, like most Jewish Biblical figures, makes for a terrible progressive role model. He doesn't compromise. Even after Haman has passed his decree, he still won't bow to him. He causes the crisis and resolves it by being uncompromising.
Purim began when he refused to bow to
the Grand Vizier of a multicultural empire. Jewish leaders hurriedly reassured him that this fanatic was in no way representative of their
values. Hadn't they attended the feast
where the sacred vessels of their own people were used to serve spirits to the mob? Rather than anticipating the return to their land
at the end of the prophesied period of exile, they had cheered
the brutish tyrant and made Sushan, his capital, into their new holy
The illusion of
history is that every age brings with it the end of history, a new age
whose awesome achievements break with the past and usher in a boundless
future. And then the walls come crashing down and the new era of history
ends up buried under the rubble of time.
History never ends. That is the lesson of the Holocaust, of Purim and of
countless other horrifying intrusions of the old into the new. The
shining new era that begins with grand public spectacles and displays of
the power and might of an empire, ends with corpses and men and women
fighting and running for their lives.
The Jewish people, break down into Jews and New Age Jews.
The Jews wandered a meandering course through history using
ancient maps and concerning themselves with a past that modern people
dismissed as myth and legend. The New Age Jews saw a new era of history that made all those old moldy beliefs completely
irrelevant. History had ended and a new age had begun. How could they be expected to take a few fairy tales retold by
barbarians seriously? Such things weren't for enlightened people who
were witnessing the end of history.
The old Jews know what the New Age Jews do not, that history has not
ended, that the past is still with us and that it has sharp teeth. They
know that Man has not changed, that his sophistication is still only a
shell and that sooner or later the shell cracks. If it does not crack
from within, then it is cracked from without. While the New Age Jews
sneer at the Holocaust obsession, Jews know that the past in all its
awful terrors is a map and that forgetting it carries a terrible price.
Those who feel time in their bones know the patterns of history and can never lose themselves in one age or fall
into the fallacy of a new era. They know that there is nothing new under
the sun. Machines may come and go, but the world is a broken place
because the hearts of men have not turned from their ways. And so they
remember that every age carries within it the seeds of its ruin. They
witness the ruin, climb out of the rubble and move on.
Liberal pieties embrace the new age, fixate on a final transformative
era of history at the hands of messiahs who promise to make the world into a better place.
Clergy who preach the cant of Tikkun Olam cannot meaningfully cope with that history. Their tattered scraps of philosophy that they mistake for a religion
has no room in it for the
bloody-minded men who stride through history without saving the whales.
Purim, a holiday preceded by a fast kept by the men going into battle
and their loved ones, is not about progressive. It is about survival. Not mere
survival, but the skin of the teeth sense of how close we came, that
moment of revelation which pulls back the curtains of the material world
and reminds us of the impossibility of our survival under all the
ordinary rules of the world that new ages are founded on. It reminds us
that behind the brick and mortar of the material world is a force that breaks apart history, that saves us when we should have died, that has entrusted us
with a mission. It reminds us of what the world is and reminds us of
Itself and of what we are.
you stand on the edge of death, life is a revelation. It is not our
deaths under the Egyptian sun, the blades and bullets of a thousand
empires and kingdoms, or the ovens of Dachau that we are obsessed with.
It is that moment of survival. The revelation that even amid the horrors
of all that we have witnessed and the terrible things that we had to do
to survive, we have risen out of the ground, watched the flesh cover
our bones and stood alive again upon the earth. Every time we survive,
we are reminded of the fragility of the material world and of our enemies who
wielding every power and trick, have failed to destroy us. Each time we
rise, we transcend the world, in confronting our dead, we confront our
It is not a purely joyous experience. The day of Purim is preceded by a
day of fasting. Before the celebration comes a day of battle as the
struggle to survive, the long decline into the abyss, the final
desperate hours, suddenly give way to the upheaval of an impossible
salvation. We remember the pain, the sense of the grave closing over us,
the bodies lying everywhere, the certainty that we will be next.
accept the hopelessness of our situation and then we walk out of the
grave and praising G-d, sit down to the feast.
This is Jewish history. It is an alien one to the New Age Jew who clings
tightly to the new era and its rules, to its pieties and its mores, who
scowls at the old ones for refusing to come and join the imperial
festivities where the vessels of the temple are used to serve drinks and
the mob toasts that the seventy years have come and gone, and still there is
no chance of the Jews returning to their Jerusalem and reclaiming the
"The past is the past," says the New Age Jew. "The past is
the present is the future," says the Jew.
The feast of the New Age is the celebration of the end of history, a
golden time with an unlimited bounty for all, where the wine
and the free health care will never run out, where everyone will live
together under one government in perfect brotherhood for all time. Many
Jews are drawn to this feast, its golden vessels, its vast bounty and
its glorious ideals. But then the Grand Vizier begins to speak and some of them grow uneasy for though he speaks soothing
words, they sense that he is a monster.
They don't always know how they know it, but the nagging feeling creeps into them that there is something
rotten at the heart of this new age.
Most of them still bow to him, touching their heads to the floor, some
even celebrate his vision. They assure others that he is
our friend, the only man who can realize the promise of this age, a
wise and noble leader whose vision of change brings new hope. But one or
two stay away from the feast and refuse to bow to him. Instead they
look to Jerusalem, to where the battle between good and evil was once
fought, and where it will be fought again. They know him for what he is.
The Grand Vizier knows that he must destroy them, must destroy them all,
because they have seen through what he is, and through
the shallow trappings of the golden age of fools. They know that there
is more to the world than the might of men and the cornucopias of kings.
They know that he is not all-powerful and when he looks at them, a
scowl wrinkles his face, because now he knows it too.
And then the Grand Vizier ends up dangling from a rope, the tanks break
through to Berlin, the chariots fall into the sea, the mustachioed
dictator dies in a bedroom outside Moscow his clothes soaked in his own
urine-- and everything has gone completely wrong.
It's an old story and a new story. We tell it over and over again
because it is always happening. It is our story and the story of the
world. It is the story we have accepted from our parents and it is the
story that we will pass on to our children. It is the story of the blood
sacrifice of the New Age that goes wrong. The sacrifice survives,
bloodied and scarred, while the New Age goes down to ruin.
Once again we are the sacrifice to be slaughtered on the altar of peace with the Muslim world, of an age of global
government and the brotherhood of man for which only a few million people need to die. The knife is
sharpened, the Grand Vizier and his aides smile, and the time is almost
here. But it is not here yet. Now we sit down to hear the Megillah and
remember how the story always ends.
Another masterpiece by Daniel Greenfield. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Purim sameach, dear bro'
You truly are master at understanding the truth. Purim Sameach and may the majority of.us Jews wake.up to this truth.ReplyDelete
Daniel, this is the best, most powerful article of its kind that I have ever read. It skewers the Reform Movement, the throne sniffing Jews and the Grand Vizier in Washington with such eloquence that it caused me pain for my inability to rival it. Congratulations on writing the definitive commentary on Purim and it's importance.ReplyDelete
The reason they survive is because they are the people of El Elyon, the Most High God who is sovereign over the affairs of mankind.ReplyDelete
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
You always put so well into words, the thoughts of my heart. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Great article. It's important to note that there are populist movements in Europe that seek to stop the Islamization of Europe, and the New Age Jews that you reference are some of the most vocal and active opponents of those groups.ReplyDelete
Traditional Jews should try to reach out to those groups and form alliances with them, rather than distancing themselves.
Obama is just as ignorant about the real meaning of Purim then and now, having proven he has little more than a third grader's understanding of foreign policy.ReplyDelete
Kids, this is what happens when leftist feel-good "Conflict Resolution" used in primary and secondary schools becomes the default for those in office.
This article is just exceptionally inspirational and I thank you for sharing it. What is mind-bending is that the G-d of human history promotes His purposes through humans who are devoted to Him. At the same time, He perpetuates a memorial for all generations to be witnesses to those people who were uncompromising in their devotion to Him.ReplyDelete
In the end, however, He is the ultimate shining "hero" and "star," in the midst of our tragic history on this planet. If He were not our portion, who would be worthy enough to sacrifice for? Who would be worthy of our utter devotion? Who would be worthy to live for? There is no one else. Blessed be His Name.
I am never let down ... and always elevated ... thank youReplyDelete
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Mr. Greenfield, for this profound masterpiece! So timely this week, as we witnessed these throne-sniffing New Age Jews dishonor themselves by attacking a non-bowing Bibi, in disgusting service to an arrogant, deranged Jew-hating Maximum Leader.ReplyDelete
Let us pray Bibi can maintain his determination, and we witness the reversal of fortunes we see every Purim.
Thank you for reminding us that God did not make a clock, wind it up, and then just let it run. I try to avoid doling out the clichés and sounding overly "religious." However, I think there is ample evidence through history that indeed, there is someone out there that makes sure there is a someone or lots of them down here when needed.ReplyDelete
Actually, Mordechai did take the time to figure out Haman's point of view. It probably sounded a lot like Boris Badenov's "Keel Moose." Instead it was "Keel Juice," followed by "and I'll get that little princess, too!" By the way, Haman did not end up on the end of a rope, for those that are not familiar with the ancient Persians. He ended up sitting on a sharp pointed stick, but I will spare you all the rest of the details. What is really important is that when the time was right, as has been true so many times in history, God had someone where needed.
Just as then, it appears that the Jewish people are in the line of fire and there are many lining up to destroy, loot, and otherwise attempt to erase Jews from the past, present, and future. History shows that the Jews are still here, and the so-called conquerors from Babylon on to the Third Reich are gone.
I would urge all that care and that have a stake in the outcome of this conflict to look beyond what we mere humans can do.
Thank you, Daniel, for putting this out there for all the world to see. It explains a lot.ReplyDelete
beautiful - aleh vehtzlachReplyDelete
It was wonderful that the Jewish Nation was worthy of giving the message that this is the last chance we can stand up as civilized nations against Jihadists. If we do not either Jihadists win or we fracture into militias. Better militias and warlords than defeat but the world still can do better. But for how long?ReplyDelete
Even so Netanyahu is a secular messenger. I hope one day soon the Jewish Nation is able to give the true religious message it has been entrusted with.
As always, my heart turns over in thanksgiving for what G-d gives you to give to us. I will share this with many.ReplyDelete
Your message is always powerful but it shall never reach the elitists in a manner to change their bias, a fact I was noticing again after the following.ReplyDelete
I had an email debate with one of the foremost authors (age ±40) in The Netherlands on a column he had written in a leading newspaper. His background is Jewish son of a holocaust survivor. His article was stating that he thought Netanyahu to be a scare monger as Pakistan was also in possession of nuclear weapons and they had not used them hence an Iranian bomb would be similar. I pointed out to him that Pakistan did have abject terrorist groups within it's borders but did not have a state policy of threatening even India, it's arch-enemy with annihilation or for that matter with a nuclear attack over Kashmir. The immediate response I got was an accusation of Islamofobia and further this highly intelligent author negated all argumentation of mine why Israel should not neglect the Iranian threat. I even came with the example of Hitlers Germany to which his only answer was that today was no 1930 Germany. The agnostic liberal left is lost, no argument however valid can reach their soul or their brain anymore.
I enjoyed your article, as well as this blog.
But - as an "organized religion skeptic" - all around here (2015), I really do not know what to do, what to say, nor how to act. At age 64. Sad.
I love history though, which is why I liked your article etc. there. Educational.
"... the bloody-minded men who stride through history without saving the whales."ReplyDelete
Absolutely brilliant, but only one of many piercing passages in this great essay. Thank you, Daniel.
Jews may want to forget history, but history will not let them... today they don't have to be victims with the existence of Israel.ReplyDelete