Hi gang! While at the AIPAC Conference I did not have time to prepare something special to commemorate the Jewish celebration of Purim. However, Amir writes a delightful account of Purim below. The message for believers appears at the very end, so I hope you’ll take the time to read it in full!
(PS: Check back tomorrow for special reflections on my experiences at AIPAC!)
Amir’s commentary on Purim; Celebrations Wednesday into Thursday
Jews worldwide will celebrate Purim Wednesday and Thursday, a holiday commemorating the survival of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, and is celebrated by Jewish communities with festivities, parties and costumes, as well the reading of the Book of Esther.
The story of Purim is found in the Book of Esther, when a plot made by Haman, the royal advisor to King Xerxes was made to kill the Jews in the Persian Empire.
Following his three years as king, King Xerxes created a 180-day celebration period of parties and drinking for his kingdom. In a party in his capital city of Shushan King Xerxes called on his wife Queen Vashti to appear before his men to show them her beauty. Queen Vashti refused his request and King Xerxes had her executed.
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