Safiyah. Muhammad had murdered her husband, a part of a mass slaughter, and taken her as a wife for her beauty. How she felt about all of that, we will never know.

As with the Banu Qurayza Legend, there are multiple sources, views, and spins, but from the Jewish perspective, the stories are ugly and about the glorification of capricious, criminal, and unbridled power. Words and teachings having to do with wisdom may differ, but the pictures painted by lore are not to be desired unless what is desired is cruelty.


Anyone can go around in circles sourcing and arguing certain and seminal stories, but the gargantuan image created is that of audacious theft, immense cruelty, and gross injustice.

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