The Jew-Persian relationship has always been a love-hate story. Don’t kid yourself with just the Cyrus love part, read the Purim hateful section too!
The most important Jewish celebration – the only one that will supposedly survive and encompass all the other celebrations even after the Coming of Hebrew savior (Moshe) – is Purim! But historically, Purim can be viewed as the celebration of a preemptive mass killing of Persians by Jews.
The story as told by the Jewish sources, led to the massacre of some 100,000 Persians (millions by today’s population standards) in the hands of armed and angry Jews. The original story is rife with images of mass killings (Persian nobles and their entire families to the last young boys), and perhaps even cannibalism!
The remaining surreal celebration today has some hints of that mindless violence and marks of cannibalism, as some of you probably have seen in the ritual eating of the peculiar red triangular cakes (Haman's Ears).
In any event, the Purim story is not about the eternal love between Jews and Persians, but about a hateful massacre (that Jewish sources justify as preemptive strike) against an entire segment of the ancient Iranian population.
This week, when Purim arrives, don’t take the Jew-Persian relationship for granted. Just because Cyrus the Great liberated Jews, they are not eternally in our debt. Look at Purim, and see how the Jewish state can launch a preemptive strike against Iran … if IRI foolishly presses ahead with the stupid Ahmadinejad ideal of wiping Israel off the map!