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Schadenfreude is Not a Jewish Word (The Book of Obadiah)

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The book of Obadiah is an angry book; its fury is vented against Edom, a small nation of little geo-political consequence which once dwelt on the east bank of the Dead Sea. Judea’s bitterness was shaped not only by Edom’s allegiance to the Babylonian conquerors of Judea and Jerusalem, but equally by Edom’s jubilation over Judea’s destruction:

“How could you gaze with glee at your brother on that day, on his day of calamity! How could you gloat over the people of Judah on that day of ruin! How could you loudly jeer on a day of anguish! How could you enter the gate of My people on its day of disaster and lay hands on its wealth on its day of disaster! How........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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