Sacrificing for a dignified life on Earth: Israel, justice and human redemption

We may learn from the legend of the Lamed-Vov, not only that empathy is essential, but also that too much empathy can be beyond human endurance.

October 22, 2014 13:43
The Torah

The Torah. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Seeing requires distance. For Jihadist fighters - ISIS, Hamas, it makes little actual difference - terrorism represents a thoroughly sacred form of sacrifice. By their unhidden calculations, the ultimate purpose of such predatory Islamist murder is plain. It is to slake the compelling blood-lust of certain presumptively divine expectations, and to nurture each "martyr's" voracious hunger for immortality with the profaned blood of "unbelievers."

We must look at such perplexing issues at their “molecular” level. At its core, Jihadi terror represents maximally faithful "submission" to doctrinally mandated cruelty. "Do not consider those who are slain in the cause of Allah as dead," instructs the Koran, "for they are living by their Lord." Relentlessly, Jihadi terror serves to clear a determinedly barbarous but holy path to both personal survival and collective redemption.


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