Candle Lighting time 5:29 p.m.
For nearly a year, a former publishing editor lived under a cloud of fear that he would be fired. A new boss in the department, for reasons unknown, began filling his personnel file with negative comments. Then, on the day my friend expected to lose his job, the new boss was fired instead.
When the Israelites were taken as captives to Babylon, Mordechai found himself in this kind of situation. Haman, the highest noble of King Xerxes, aka Achashverosh in Hebrew, expected every royal official to kneel down and honor him, but Mordechai refused to bow to anyone but God (Est. 3:1-2). This outraged Haman and he set out to destroy not only Mordechai but every Jew in the whole Persian Empire (vv.5-6). Haman convinced Xerxes to sign a decree authorizing the destruction of all Jews and started building a gallows for the execution of Mordecai (5:14). Thanks to Mordechai’s insistence and Queen Esther’s courage and ingenuity, Haman was executed on the gallows he had built for Mordecai, the Jewish people were spared, and we have celebrated Purim every year since. (7:9-10: 8).
In literature, this is called poetic justice. Not everyone gets justice in such dramatic fashion, but we hope that one day we shall sing the same song King David Saying when he saw the downfall of the wicked, “Let sinners cease out of the earth and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul, hallelujah.” (Babylonian Talmud, Berachot 10a) In the meantime, we are commanded to work for justice and peace as God’s partners here on earth.
I encourage everybody, man, woman, and child to celebrate Purim this year, Wednesday night (February 28) and Thursday (March 1). To see why watch this video.
Happy Purim and Shabbat shalom
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Save the Date!
Friday Night Live at Marathon JCC March 2, at 6:00PM, Service and a Shabbat dinner catered by Annie Chan. Free for all members and $25.00 for non-members. RSVP by 2/26.
Sunday, April 15, 10:30 AM The community Yom Hashoa service, at Temple Torah
Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday as we march in the celebrate Israel Parade Sunday, June 3rd