March 23, 2005
Purim: A message from the book of Esther that applies to TerriTopics: General
For Jews, the holiday of Purim is upon us, beginning with a fast day on Thursday, and then a time of celebration and feasting going into Friday, the 24th.
The events surrounding Purim took place in ancient Persia and can be found in the Biblical book of Esther.
The story recounts how an evil man named Haman sought to kill all the Jews. But through communal prayer, fasting and the heroic acts of Queen Esther, the plot was exposed and counteracted. In a divine turn of events, it was the evil Haman who was killed. The Jews who had been marked for death were now free to protect themselves and live!
The significance of this is not lost to Chana Meira at Meira Online as it relates to Terri Schiavo, the result of which will affect the disabled, the elderly, the unwanted, our society, and how we are viewed in the world today. When she fasts, it will be on behalf of Terri and others in her situation. Chan believes that building museums, erecting monuments, or otherwise noting atrocities is not enough. The best memorial to the tragedies of history is to act for justice today.
Jews see an important message for us in these days in Esther chapter 4 verse 14:
Posted by richard at March 23, 2005 11:25 AM
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