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Purim and Good Friday: Esther meets Easter

TJI Pick
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Published: 19 March 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Purim and Good Friday: an unholy alliance – Joshua Hammerman – The Times of Israel 14.03.16
Next week, in a calendrical rarity, Purim will coincide with Good Friday… Just as with the Passion Play, the Purim spiel has carried the potential to incite participants and observers alike toward an intensified hatred of the Other… It is not coincidental that vicious attacks against Jews have often taken place during the Christian Holy Week - and that one of the most heinous attacks by a Jew, the massacre of 29 Muslims at prayer by Baruch Goldstein in Hebron in 1994, took place on Purim.
Read op-ed here

And see: Alan Nadler’s review of Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence by Elliott Horowitz (Princeton University Press) – The Forward 10.03.16
A review well worth reading.


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