Journal entry by Eve Ilsen — a minute ago
We valiantly set forth in costume early this morning, and made it to shul (o rare occurrence!) at 7 a.m. The Megilla was read wildly beautifully. And as it always happens, I hear it differently each year.
This year, it sparks very recent memories of genocides attempted on other groups, as our hearts still hurt from news of slaughter at the mosques in New Zealand.
(My heart also hurts in shame: in our time, the first incident of Muslims murdered at prayer was perpetrated by Boruch Goldstein in Hebron.)
How do we grow our species up, past the reptilian reactions to "us" and "not-us"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN4AcFzxtdE (sorry; don't know how to turn this into a link now.)