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March 23, 2005

Purim: A message from the book of Esther that applies to Terri

Topics: 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:

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Posted by richard at March 23, 2005 11:25 AM

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Not just Jews either.

Bless Mordecai. Curse Haman.

God help us all.

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 23, 2005 11:55 AM

Dear Brian,

Would you like to "let go" by having your feeding tube removed (i.e. alimantory canal)? If you find this an acceptable way to go, then do so when you're ready. There's a whole world of difference between being allowed to die and being forced to die and Americans USED to know this difference.

Posted by: MARY at March 23, 2005 12:30 PM

She will cost the public no money (her parents want to take care of her at home), look what they want to do to her!! They want to kill her. I think it is rather arrogant of anyone to decide someone should die. How much more should Michael get

He probably is the reason she is in this medical condition (remember the broken bones?)

He got hte 1 million

He got the .7 million

He gets to decide whether she lives or dies

He has an illegitimate family

He gets to cash her Life Insurance

and all the world can do is, support him or sit and watch it all happen.

Posted by: sujata at March 23, 2005 12:35 PM

Brian, if Terri were truly brain-dead, your point would be a good one. But she's not! Enough doctors have said that she is actually a pretty good candidate for rehab. She should be given that chance!

Terri's not dying -- or rather, she wasn't dying until the court started starving her to death. It's arguably humane to let the dying go, particularly if that is what they wish, but that's not Terri's case at all! Read the FAQ on Terri, upper right on this page. Thanks.

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 23, 2005 12:40 PM

Elizabeth: I agree.

Posted by: Chana Meira at March 23, 2005 1:03 PM