With the latest brutal atrocities perpetrated in Israel – the horrific sights and descriptions of things that most of us couldn’t imagine in our darkest dreams – the words “absolute evil,” “pure, unadulterated evil”, have become the way many are describing these massacres. Not simply killing which is total evil in itself, but the sheer savage ways and extreme forms of cruelty and sadism with which these heinous crimes were committed, defies any word in our human language. Absolute evil doesn’t even seem strong enough.
And yet, there are many that try to “justify” these actions, and even worse and more appalling — they argue that the victims are somehow at fault! In some twisted form of ‘logic” there are the claims that Israel is evil and somehow Hamas good. But even if you don’t go that far, some argue the case of moral equivalence, where both sides are equally guilty. Others altogether embrace moral relativism, rejecting any form of absolute right and wrong.
Which brings us to the big question; is there absolute good and evil in this world? Is it black or white? Are there situations where the lines between good and evil are very clear, or are there two sides to every story and everything is relative. Some even say that there is no such thing as good and evil; it’s all subjective.
Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this vital and fundamental conversation on good vs. evil and discover the implications involved and what we can actually do about it.