Moshe David HaCohen
Director of Amanah in Sweden

Would you kill Hitler or Sinwar as a baby?

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Yahya Sinwar in Gaza. Is evil inherent from childhood? (Photo:AFP)

From Haman to Sinwar – Competent organized haters
“Would you kill Hitler or Sinwar as a baby?”

As we come close to Purim, when Haman used a political scheme in order to secure genocide of the Jews in Persia and beyond during the 4th century BCE, and 160 days now since Yahya Sinwar and Hamas unleashed their barbaric massacre upon southern Israel, we once again face deep questions regarding the evil who wish to wipe out the Jewish people.

Yogi Sadhguru was asked the known philosophical question, if he would kill Hitler as a child in order to save millions of lives. The same question was asked of the Israeli doctor who treated Sinwar with a life threatening brain tumor. Instead of replying with the usual discussion of choice and determination, Sadhguru speaks of the root cause.

He says that we must realize that Hitler is a consequence, not the cause. The cause is the intrinsic hatred that is spread in society, and Hitler based himself on the antisemitism that was so deeply entrenched in society.

Sadhguru: “Adolf Hitler became a representative of that hatred, and he consolidated that hatred, organized it in such a way that it became a mega disaster… Hitler is one man, who organized pain like no one else… He made a machine out of the hatred.”

Therefore, killing Hitler as a child would not help, as someone else with the same capacity could come along.

The danger of facing evil reactively is that one can miss the root cause and the process of how to fix it. Today, it seems as if many in Israel are led to believe that the final victory will come if we manage to kill the “top 4 or 3 or 2 or 1 of Hamas”, to quote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rather than trying to remove Hitler as a baby in order to save lives, Sadhguru says that we must develop a culture of peace which removes the intrinsic hate in society and then this genius will become positive.

“We need to build a culture of peace.
A culture is not built overnight. Slogans and anti-demonstrations are built overnight. We never worked on a culture of peace, only when it explodes in our faces, we want it solved.
Adolf Hitlers can be born anywhere, because the culture of disliking and hating other people in society who are not like you is so rooted in society. Consequences cannot be dealt with, it is the process that we need to address.”

Hitler, Sinwar, the evil geniuses – if we look at the outcome they must be removed like a cancer, yet if we look deeper – if we had a chance to meet them as children, we must see how society must be educated that their genius become a blessing for the world. There is now an entire generation that has been brought up with hatred, and if we do not address the root cause, the future just awaits someone with this type of genius to horrifically bring about another death machine.

Since October 7, we have seen throughout the world how inherent this hatred of the other is, and is has come out against Jews, as well as Muslims, throughout the world at unprecedented levels.

Yet if we ourselves only deal with the symptom, we are missing something.

What happened to all the Persians and the antisemites in 127 countries the day after Haman was hung on the tree? What happened to all their hatred, “the day after”? 

The key was that through Esther and Mordechai being unapologetic of who they were, the Jewish people reconnected to their roots, and immediately after returned from exile to the holy land. On Purim, we address the root cause, in a way which is beyond logic and reasoning, and when we reach it we are able to turn the evil itself into a blessing in a miraculous way.
“Their victory was infinite and hope passed on for generation”

תשועתם היית לנצח ותקוותם בכל דור ודור


About the Author
Moshe David HaCohen is the director of Amanah: The Muslim Jewish Partnership of Trust in Sweden which builds trust between the communities as well as society - in order to jointly counter discrimination, antisemitism and islamophobia. Rabbi HaCohen is also director of the Nordic Beit Midrash and network of orthodox rabbis in the Scandinavian counties, as well as the Scandinavian Beit Din.
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