Monday, 8 March 2010

Purim

Dressing up, face-painting, parties and presents! Purim is a fun festival – and the only Jewish festival which apparently obligates you to get drunk, in order that you are completely happy!!! It focuses on the Book of Esther, which is probably my least favourite book in the Bible (apart from the wonderful character of Vashti!), as its ending encourages vindictive vengeance and slaughter. However, this seems to have been air-brushed out of the versions of the story I have read here, so obviously others are uncomfortable with it too. Indeed most people would be unaware of it.

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  1. Margaret of the Sea of Galilee9 March 2010 01:46

    Yes, my younger son (17)"discovered" the subsequent slaughter by the Jews only this year

    But for me the whole book is redeemed in Ch4. v.14; the ultimate "out" for Esther and by implication for all of us thru all Time. "If you remain silent at such a time as this, relief and deliverance for the Jews will appear from another quarter..." [REB]

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