“A key teaching of the Book of Esther is that once the plague of Jew-hatred gets in the air, almost any environment can nourish it”

BOSTON GLOBE
In the land where Jews are welcome, anti-Semitism is on the rise
by Jeff Jacoby
March 12, 2017

THIS WEEKEND, Jews the world over celebrate the festival of Purim, a highlight of which is the public reading of the biblical book of Esther. In 10 fast-moving chapters, it recounts the first recorded attempt at a Jewish genocide…It’s easy to celebrate Purim with hilarity when Jews feel safe and welcome, and in modern times there is nowhere on Earth they have felt safer and more welcome than the United States….Last month, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey showing Jews to be the most warmly regarded religious group in AmericaThus the paradox: In the nation where Jews are more welcomed than ever, animosity toward Jews is more palpable than ever. READ MORE

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