Skip to comments.Jews Celebrate Killing of Iranian Anti-Semites
Posted on 03/04/2007 8:12:43 AM PST by ChicagoHebrew
Jews in Israel and throughout the world Saturday night began celebrating the thwarting of a genocidal decree in 356 BCE, which was followed by the two-day killing of tens of thousands of the Iranian anti-Semites who were poised to wipe out the Jews.
The Festival of Purim celebrates the hidden hand of G-d working through a seemingly fortuitous sequence of events that brought a Jewess named Hadassah to the Persian Kings palace under the assumed name Esther (meaning hidden) and allowed her to use her position to thwart the genocidal plans of the monarchs Jew-hating advisor Haman.
The holiday, though sometimes erroneously treated as a childrens festival, was considered by Jewish sages and mystics to be the holiest day of the year, surpassing Yom Kippur and the high holidays in its stature. The Talmud says that even in Messianic times, after other holy days will no longer be marked, Purim will remain in effect.
The Megillah, or Scroll, of Esther is read Saturday evening, as well as the following day. Jews are also obligated to send gifts of ready-to-eat food to at least one friend and to give charity to a number of poor. A festive meal takes place during the joyous day, during which wine is imbibed, the Purim story recounted, songs are sung and the contemporary relevance of the holidays lessons are expounded upon.
Though wine plays a central role in the holiday, with the sages exhorting Jews to drink until they can no longer distinguish between the hero Mordechai and the villainous Haman, organizations such as the Orthodox Union have highlighted minority rabbinical opinions that joy should be attained without alcohol, or that the inablility to distinguish be attained by going to sleep.
In cities that were walled at the time of the Megillahs events notably Jerusalem - the Megillah is read on the 15th of Adar (Sunday night/Monday). In Yaffo (Jaffa), Acco, Tzfat and Hevron the Megillah is read on both days due to uncertainty about the walled status in those times.
This year, several outdoor Megillah readings are taking place throughout the country. In Tel Aviv, the Megillah was read on the corner of Rothschild and Sheinkin Street a bastion of the citys Bohemian set.
In Haifa, a similar reading took place as well and Chabad and Breslev Hassidim are making the rounds ensuring that IDF soldiers in far flung bases and positions can hear the Megillah.
The IDF has put a complete closure on Palestinian Authority administered parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza ahead of the holiday. Police are on high alert, with 70 intelligence reports of impending terrorist attacks.
Why or why has the NRA not figured out that the Second Amendment has a biblical basis?
A happy celebration, and fond wishes that Haman and all his ilk will receive their just punishment! My saviour comes not to bring peace, but a sword. Praise be.
They should read some JPFO material.
Some Judaic Sources on the Right to Bear Arms, By Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe
I just watched the movie one night with the king. Its based on this.
Xerxes later goes on to attack the spartans(which whips the persian arse) and nearly loses,later to be defeated by the greeks. :)
Yum - I love hamentashen
History may have a chance to repeat itself.From a Christian, God keep Israel & our Jewish brothers safe.
Why don't non-members take more of an interest in what the NRA does for them instead of continually whining about subjects they know nothing about?
I can't do your reading for you and I refuse to link to the articles on biblical writings the NRA has. Do your own research. I will give you a hint though. Check the last couple of issues of America's First Freedom.