Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Curse You, Fat Man!

Another interesting item from that invaluable treasure trove of Judaica, Ha'aretz:

Extremists Pronounce 'Pulsa Denura' Death Curse on PM
By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Service

"A group of extreme-right activists said on Tuesday that they had held a ceremony to place a pulsa denura, a halakhic curse, on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in order to bring about his death.

"Michael Ben-Horin, among the organizers of the ceremony, said that in view of the tight security around Sharon, which "is ten times tighter than the security around Hitler and Stalin," no man would be able to kill him. They had therefore called on the Angels of Destruction to kill Sharon, Ben-Horin said.

"Twenty people took part in the ceremony, which was held last Thursday in the small northern town of Rosh Pina. The participants believe that Sharon will die in the coming 30 days, or else all those who took part in the ceremony would die.

"Pulsa denura - or "whip of fire" in Aramaic - is a curse with origins in Kabala mysticism. It first came to light in Israel when far-right rabbis pronounced the curse during the turbulent period that preceded the death of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The ceremony, which is supposed to cause the death of the subject within a year, calls upon the "angels of destruction" to refrain from forgiving the subject his sins, to kill him, and to call down all the curses named in the Bible. "

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Now, this is fascinating.

In the first place, the Jewish religion is supposed to be so gentle and loving that they would never have such a thing as a death curse anywhere in their liturgy. I mean, they're all just cute little Fiddlers on the Roof, right?

Secondly, the pronunciation of the Jewish death curse immediately preceded the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin when an even more nutty than usual kike decided to give the Angel of Death an assist. This had nothing to do with God, but the pronunciation of this ritual more or less constitutes a public proclamation among the yiddles that it's open season on Ariel Sharon. They're so desperate to stop the "disengagement" from Gaza that I would be surprised if someone didn't take a shot at the fat man soon.

I still don't think Sharon means it. I think he's going to find some excuse like Palestinian rocket attacks or something to stop it. Especially since it looks like his boy Omri is going to be indicted on corruption charges despite whatever agreement Sharon worked out with his legal people in exchange for the pullout. But if I'm wrong, this is going to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys to watch.


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