Thus, the story of Purim ends in a series of battles, a bloodbath. The Jews do not sit down and enlighten their enemies about how we must all live together in peace. They do not form reconciliation committees; they do not call for a national conversation about Jew-hatred; they do not consider it a virtue to be tolerant of the intolerant. And they do not forgive their genocidal enemies.
The Jews who follow Mordechai and Esther take up their swords and fight. Because only a good man with a sword can defeat a bad man with a sword.
Robert J. Avrech
March 13, 2014
Purim: The Non-Progressive Jewish Holiday
[The details change some but there are certain concepts that appear to be timeless truths.—Joe]