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the PURIM Just before the dawn - literally and figurative​ly!

 

the PURIM Just before the dawn - literally and figurative​ly!

The REAL Purim story – it’s all about stories

Can you imagine – we REALLY don’t know each others’ stories 

Even when we say “I’ve heard that before” – we really haven’t – 

And (as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach used to say) - we REALLY don’t know…. 


So when does the PURIM story – which we all know so well 

Like the old joke 

“they threaten the Jews, G-d saved us – let’s eat” 

but really OPEN YOUR HEARTS please 

PLEASE! 


There is debauchery there is conflict there is EVIL - 

But WHEN does it finally take a 

TURN FOR THE BETTER? 


Only when Mordechai and Esther “have it out”! and OPEN THEIR HEARTS to each other 

And discuss their FEARS 

“we’ll all be killed” he says 

“I’m afraid to talk to my husband my king” she says 

and Mordechai says “We only have G-d to save us and he WILL” 

AND Esther says “then pray for ME to succeed” 


So OPEN YOUR HEARTS this PURIM

Be glad that 

“they (STILL) threaten the Jews, G-d saves us – so let’s eat”


But know – as the song goes “you know it don’t come easy ….” 

And we’ll never know the WHOLE story… 


Love from frozen New York 

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz