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Purim: A Non Progressive Jewish Holiday
Seraphic Press.com ^ | 2/24/12 | Robert J. Avrech

Posted on 02/24/2013 7:35:32 AM PST by Nachum

Today the Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Purim.

It’s an old and familiar story: An intolerant Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia.

It’s That Genocide Thing. Again.

Most of the Jews in this multicultural Persian kingdom have been enlightened to the point where they enthusiastically attend royal feasts and gorge themselves off the golden plates and cups looted from the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

But these court Jews have evolved past that old, tired Judaism. They’re all new-agey, progressive, and they know that Jewish history has moved beyond the old paradigms. It’s kumbaya time, Persian style.

These liberal Jews figure that Haman, a descendant of the old Jew-hating Amalek tribe, is just an annoying blip on the historical screen. They don’t take him seriously. They figure he’s just another blowhard who can be appeased. They figure some clever negotiations can make this nut job go away. They want to give peace a chance.

But there’s a Jew named Mordechai, a descendant of King Saul and King David. He’s old school; so pious and proud he refuses to bow down to Haman as do the “good Jews” of the kingdom. Mordechai only bows down to G-d.

And to the contempt and derision of the liberal Persian Jews, Mordechai actually takes Haman seriously.

Because Mordechai knows Jewish history. He knows the primary rule of Jewish history: when someone announces they plan on killing you—believe them.

Mordechai did not graduate from an elite Persian university with a degree in Conflict Resolution. He studies Torah. He prays.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: holiday; jewish; judaism; progressive; purim
A very happy Purim to all!

Later today, I will be partaking of the great tradition of this holiday...

Partaking of "adult" beverages...

1 posted on 02/24/2013 7:35:36 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
Most American Jews are a lost cause, educated in a relativist stupidity far beyond their ability to understand. Besides voting 4 to 1 for Obama, they have inserted hatred into their services. Hatred of conservatives, to be precise.

At last year's High Holy Days -- just before elections -- the rabbi decided to denounce the Republicans. Aside from the fact that this was wholly inappropriate, he chose to suck-up to a congregation that is the very flower of anti-conservative elitism. My wife and I contacted the rabbi and the congregation president -- twice -- decrying this and asking if, as conservatives, we were still welcome at temple. We never received a response. It seems our next move will be to the Chabad House.

2 posted on 02/24/2013 7:52:39 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Nachum

Had King Saul done his duty would there had been a book of Ester? Instead King Saul had his kingdom given his neighbor (David)for not obeying.


3 posted on 02/24/2013 7:53:27 AM PST by the_daug
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To: pabianice
It seems our next move will be to the Chabad House.

Their loss, and Chabad's gain!

Drink a L'chaim for me :)

4 posted on 02/24/2013 7:58:22 AM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: the_daug
King Saul had his kingdom given his neighbor (David)for not obeying.

For not merely the failure of obeying, but for allowing the man who was the creator of Haman to be born.

Booooooooooooo Haman!

5 posted on 02/24/2013 8:00:36 AM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

I learn something new every day.

I thought Purim was a hand sanitizer.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 8:01:19 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
No, darlin'. That's PUR(e)-ell. Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating the downfall (literally; he was hung!) of the evil Persian Grand Vizier Haman, a descendant of Agag, Israel's sworn enemy. King Saul goofed up and showed mercy to the wrong guy (King Agag), who then lived long enough to father the ancestor of the arch-villain Haman.

Haman hated the Jews, wanted them all dead. Especially Mordechai, who refused to bow to him. So he made a deal with the Persian king Ahasuerus that if he paid Ahasuerus an enormous amount of silver currency, Ahasuerus would allow him to annihilate all the Jews in the huge kingdom of ancient Persia. Haman drew lots (Persian word is "pur" for lot, the plural lots is "purim", hence the name of the holiday) to determine the most astrologically fit day for the slaughter.

Queen Esther, a Jew, heard of this plot and warned her uncle Mordechai, an elder statesman and pious Jew. He told her that it was now apparent that G-d placed her within the king's household as queen in order to save her people, and that she must stop the annihilation of all of Persia's Jews. She goes before the king unsummoned, which is a capital offense. She finds grace in his eyes, and he extends his scepter to her, making it OK to approach him without being put to death. She invites him and Haman to a banquet, at which she promises to reveal what she wants, why she risked death to approach his throne unsummoned.

At the banquet, she tells the king that someone is threatening her life and that of her people (he didn't know she was a Jew). He demands to know who would dare to lay a hand on his beloved Queen. She fingers Haman. The king, in a rage, stomps out into the garden. When he returns, Haman has tripped and landed on top of Esther on the reclining couches used to dine in those times. The king is infuriated and accuses Haman of trying to assault the Queen in his very house. Haman is sentenced to death, and is hanged on the very gallows he had built for Mordechai. His 10 evil sons are also hanged on it, and Mordechai and Esther are given his vast estate and wealth.

Mordechai is appointed to high office in the court, and the kingdom prospers due to his wisdom. This holiday is celebrated at G-d's command unto this very day, by going to synagogue to hear the Scroll of Esther read (most people wear costumes, it's a merry holiday to celebrate), distributing baskets of goodies to one's friends and neighbors, and giving charity to the poor.

This year, I was dressed as the Cat in the Hat. People who live in Orthodox neighborhoods get used to seeing otherwise staid and respectable people walking around as Superman, bumblebees, cowboys, etc. on this day, LOL. I've even seen doctors treating patients while dressed in a fright wig and funny bow tie, and it's OK with the patients. They might be dressed up, too!

7 posted on 02/24/2013 8:32:45 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: Nachum

Thanks for posting, and a Happy Purim to all!


8 posted on 02/24/2013 8:37:13 AM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: Nachum

I agree, thanks for posting.


9 posted on 02/24/2013 8:43:36 AM PST by gattaca ("Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit." Ronald Reagan)
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To: pabianice

Get the hell out of there. Orthodox Jews are some of the most conservative people I know. Now I know, living in Indiana, is somewhat biased, but I only know of 1 person at my synagogue who voted for Obama and he is a washed out liberal professor at Notre Dame. We own guns too...........lots of them.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 8:43:36 AM PST by hoosierboy (I am not a gun nut, I am a firearm enthusiast!!!)
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To: Nachum

We are living in the days very similar to Esther’s!


11 posted on 02/24/2013 8:44:32 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Nachum

Thanks, Nachum. Great article.


12 posted on 02/24/2013 8:44:50 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: pabianice

Remember the story in the Torah about the 10 spies who took a looksee at the land that was to become Israel? Of the 10 spies only 2, Caleb and Joshua, thought it was worth taking and settling. That was only 20 percent. The rest just bad-mouthed it. Talk about a lost cause for those 80 percent if they had had their way.

When you look at the number of Orthodox in Israel and around the world you will see the percentages growing. Why? For several reasons.

Since the early 1960s there has been a movement worldwide of Jews from all walks of life returning to Torah at Orthodox observance levels that the Prophets foretold.

The second has to do with children. Those Jews who follow Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and other distorted teachings of Torah have hardly children while the Orthodox and Chassidic have many.

The third is assimilation and intermarriage. It’s very high within Reform, Conservative, et al but very low in Orthodox and Chassidic communities.

Keep in mind that the “rabbi” (and I’m being kind here) you saw denounce the Pubbies is a Leftist. Leftism is anti-thetical to Torah on pretty much every level.

Go talk with the Rabbi at your local Chabad House and pick his brain. He’ll be more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 9:09:45 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: EinNYC

the Pesian’s king’s actual name was Artaxerxes II.


14 posted on 02/24/2013 3:58:15 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

The Megillah (Scroll of Esther) calls him Ahasuerus quite specifically. I’m goin’ by that.


15 posted on 02/24/2013 5:39:24 PM PST by EinNYC
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16 posted on 02/25/2013 5:22:29 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: EinNYC
Ahasuerus would not be a good name for a band...

Sounds too "Seussian"...


17 posted on 02/25/2013 5:42:22 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Nachum

We did the beverage thing, after the hammentaschen, which we ate after the Purimspiel.

Lotsa fun!


18 posted on 02/25/2013 6:02:52 AM PST by Professional Engineer (So long and thanks for all the lutefisk.)
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To: Nachum

Relatedly, see Daniel Greenfield’s brilliant essay a couple of days ago on his Sultan Knish blog: It is entitled, “The Ages of Purim”.

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/03/ages-of-purim.html


19 posted on 02/25/2013 9:32:24 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now (http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/03/ages-of-purim.html)
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To: Nachum

Relatedly, see Daniel Greenfield’s brilliant essay a couple of days ago on his Sultan Knish blog: It is entitled, “The Ages of Purim”.

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/03/ages-of-purim.html


20 posted on 02/25/2013 9:52:57 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now (http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/03/ages-of-purim.html)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

There were twelve spies.

They all gave a good report of the land.

But ten were fearful because they supposed difficulty in taking it because of the inhabitants.


21 posted on 02/25/2013 5:42:16 PM PST by conserv8 (Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon. . .)
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To: conserv8

Ooops! Brain fart! Thanks!!!


22 posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:29 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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