Is it ethical to punch a Nazi or other white supremacist in the face, unprovoked? How does one define “provocation” in this case? Several rabbis have tackled this question, and I’ve taken their sources, combined with my own scholarship, to create this Hebrew calligraphy illustration.
The overall design mimics a Talmud Daf (page from the Talmud), or a page from the Rabbinical Bible (Mikra’ot Gedolot), in which texts from different sages and time periods are set next to one another to provide context to the question at hand, or the Bible verse being studied. The opening phrase translates to, “To strike a Nazi, White Supremacist, or Anti-Semitic Person.” In the negative space between those blocks of text, “Tzedek tzedek tirdof” (Justice Justice shall you pursue) is spelled out and threads its way down through the top and bottom of the page.
Like most Talmudic arguments, this one has educated responses but no settled resolution to the question. That is why justice is not something that cannot simply be obtained, but must be actively pursued.
The text is a warm black color on a background the color of antique paper.
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