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year, 5767, the Feast of Esther falls on March 4, 2007
falls on March 4, 2006. In the walled cities of Israel - such as Jerusalem
and Safed - Purim is celebrated on the 15 of Adar, which this year falls
on March 5, 2007.
Now it took place in
the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia
over 127 provinces, in those days as King Ahasuerus sat on his royal
throne which was at the citadel in Susa,
Now in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they
wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. NASU
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median
descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans NASU
Now it happened in the month Chislev,in the twentieth year, while I
was in Susa the capitol, 2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men
from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and
had survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me,
"The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in
great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and
its gates are burned with fire." NASU
I looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the
citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I looked in the
vision and I myself was beside the Ulai Canal. NASU
Esther Becomes Queen
The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor
and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal
crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then the king
gave a great banquet, Esther's banquet, for all his princes and his
servants; he also made a holiday for the provinces and gave gifts
according to the king's bounty. NASU
Mordecai Saves the King
those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate, Bigthan and
Teresh, two of the king's officials from those who guarded the door,
became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 But the plot
became known to Mordecai and he told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the
king in Mordecai's name. 23 Now when the plot was investigated and found
to be so, they were both hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the
Book of the Chronicles in the king's presence. NASU
Haman's Plot against the
In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King
Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day and
from month to month, until
the twelfth month, that is the month Adar. 8 Then Haman said to King
Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among
the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different
from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so
it is not in the king's interest to let them remain. NASU
Learned Of The Plot And Mourned. Israel
Mordecai learned all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on
sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city and wailed
loudly and bitterly. 2 He went as far as the king's gate, for no one was
to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth. 3 In each and every
province where the command and decree of the king came, there was great
mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing; and many lay
on sackcloth and ashes. NASU
Esther Learns of Haman's
Esther's maidens and her eunuchs came and told her, and the queen writhed
in great anguish. And she sent garments to clothe Mordecai that he might
remove his sackcloth from him, but he did not accept them. NASU
Plans to Intercede and requests the help of G-d
Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 "Go, assemble all the Jews
who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for
three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same
way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law;
and if I perish, I perish." 17 So Mordecai went away and did just as
Esther had commanded him. NASU
went to the King Unannounced and he accepted her
When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. 3 Then the king said to her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you."
learn about the plan of Esther by reading the book of Esther.
We Celebrate Purim
Now in the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar), on the
thirteenth day when the king's command and edict were about to be
executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the
mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews
themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them. NASU
9:17 This was done on the
thirteenth day of the month Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested
and made it a day of feasting and rejoicing.
instructed them] because
on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month
which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into
a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and
sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor. NASU
Thus the Jews undertook what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had
written to them. 24 For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the
adversary of all the Jews, had schemed against the Jews to destroy them
and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to disturb them and destroy them.
25 But when it came to the king's attention, he commanded by letter that
his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on
his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. 26
Therefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. And because
of the instructions in this letter, both what they had seen in this regard
and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews established and made a
custom for themselves and for their descendants and for all those who
allied themselves with them, so that they would not fail to celebrate
these two days according to their regulation and according to their
appointed time annually. 28 So these days were to be remembered and
celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and
every city; and these days of Purim were not to fail from among the Jews,
or their memory fade from their descendants.
Then Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with
full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. 30 He sent
letters to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus,
namely, words of peace and truth, 31 to establish these days of Purim at
their appointed times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had
established for them, and just as they had established for themselves and
for their descendants with instructions for their times of fasting and
their lamentations. 32 The command of Esther established these customs
for Purim, and it was written in the book. NASU
Short Description of Purim
is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It
commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved
from extermination. This
feast is a tradition of remembering what HaShem did for the Jews in a
time of great trouble.
the time between the destruction of the First Temple and the building of the
Second Temple, the Jews came very close to being annihilated because of
the evil scheming of Haman.
story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther. The heroes of the
story are Esther and her cousin Mordecai. Mordecai raised Esther as if she
were his daughter. Esther was summoned to the house of Ahasuerus, King of
Persia. She was to become part of his harem. King Ahasuerus loved Esther
more than his other wives and made Esther queen. Ahasuerus did not know
that Esther was a Jew. Mordecai
told her not to reveal her Jewish ancestry.
villain of the story is Haman, an arrogant, prideful man. Haman hated Mordecai because
Mordecai refused to bow down to him. In revenge Haman plotted to destroy
the Jewish people. Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a
certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the
provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all
other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so it is not in the
king's interest to let them remain. "If
it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and
I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who
carry on the king's business, to put into the king's treasuries."
[Esther 3:8-9 NASU] Esther 3:8. The king gave the fate of the Jewish
people to Haman, to do as he pleased to them. Haman planned to exterminate
all of the Jews.
heard about the plot against the Jews,
and in sackcloth and ashes stood at the gate of the Kings gate and
wailed loudly and bitterly. Mordecai persuaded Esther to speak to the king on behalf of
the Jewish people. This was a dangerous thing for Esther to do, because
anyone who came into the king's presence without being summoned could be
put to death, and she had not been summoned. Esther gave instruction to
Mordecai to have all of the Jews fast and pray for three days. Esther and
her handmaidens fasted for three days to cover her with the safety only
found in G-d. Esther went in to see the king unannounced. He welcomed
her. Later, she told him of Haman's plot against her people. The Jewish
people were saved, and Haman was hanged on the gallows that had been
prepared for Mordecai.
book of Esther is unusual in that it is the only book of the Bible that
does not contain the name of HaShem. In fact, it includes virtually no
reference to HaShem. Mordecai makes a vague reference to the fact that the
Jews will be saved by someone else, if not by Esther, but that is the
closest the book comes to mentioning HaShem. The message is that HaShem is
working all the time to protect those who are His.
But Moses said to the people, " Do not fear! Stand by and see
the salvation of the L-RD which He will accomplish for you today; for the
Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
14 " The L-RD will fight for you while you keep silent."
For I, the L-RD your G-d, will hold your right hand, Saying to you,
'Fear not, I will help you.' NKJV
But it is good for me to draw near to G-d; I
have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works. NKJV
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help
come? My help comes from the
L-RD, Who made heaven and earth. He
will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The
L-RD is your keeper; The L-RD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
The L-RD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
The L-RD will guard your going out and your coming in, from this
time forth and forever. NASU
Celebration Of Purim
is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which is usually in March. The 13th
of Adar is the day that Haman chose for the extermination of the Jews, and
the day that the Jews battled their enemies for their lives. On the day
afterwards, the 14th, they celebrated their survival. In cities that were
walled in the time of Joshua, Purim is celebrated on the 15th of the
month, because the book of Esther says that in Shushan (a walled city),
deliverance from the massacre was not complete until the next day. The
15th is referred to as Shushan Purim.
leap years, when there are two months of Adar, Purim is celebrated in the
second month of Adar, so it is always one month before Passover. The 14th
day of the first Adar in a leap year is celebrated as a minor holiday
called Purim Katan, which means "little Purim." There are no
specific observances for Purim Katan; however, a person should celebrate
the holiday and should not mourn or fast. Some communities also observe a
"Purim Katan" on the anniversary of any day when their community
was saved from a catastrophe, destruction, evil or oppression.
word "Purim" means "lots" and refers to the
lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre.
Purim holiday is preceded by a minor fast, the Fast of Esther, which
commemorates Esther's three days of fasting in preparation for her meeting
with the king.
primary Jewish requirement related to Purim is to hear the reading of the
book of Esther. The book of Esther is commonly known as the Megillah,
which means scroll, the story, the telling.
It is customary to boo, hiss, stamp feet and rattle gragers
(noisemakers) whenever the name of Haman is mentioned in the Purim
service. The purpose of this custom is to "blot out the name of Haman".
to the Talmud the Jews are also commanded to eat, drink and be merry.
According to the Talmud a person is required to drink until he cannot tell
the difference between "cursed be Haman" and "blessed be
person should not become drunk so as to not violate other Commandments.
I do not feel that this is what HaShem would want us to
become drunk. I do think He would want us to rejoice in remembering His supply
in a time of need.
are to send out gifts of food or drink, and to make gifts to charity. The
sending of gifts of food and drink is referred to as shalach manos (lit.
sending out portions). Ashkenazic Jews, make a treat called humentaschen
(lit. Haman's pockets). These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed
to represent Haman's three-cornered hat.
is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim, to perform plays
and parodies, and to hold beauty contests.
Purim is not one of the commanded feasts in Torah, it is not under Shabbat
is worthy of all honor glory and praise
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