The festival of Purim will arrive Wednesday night, March 4, and will last through sundown Thursday. This Purim seems more significant than ever, with all the events that are taking place around the world.
Antisemitism is on the rise, not only in Europe, but around the world. In the United States, college campuses have become dangerous places for Jewish students, some of whom don’t wear kippas around campus due to fear of harassment or assault.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu rose up today to speak to the US Congress, much like Queen Esther did years ago, to plead for the lives of the Jewish people. The threat of the annihilation of the Jewish people from Persia (Iran) is back. The leaders of Iran say Israel must be destroyed and that it would be better for all the Jews to go to Israel so they can all be destroyed together. Is this a “moderate” leadership of Iran with whom we can negotiate successfully as American President Obama believes? No, I don’t believe so.
As we fast and seek G-d during this fast of Esther, I pray that HaShem Ra’ah will see His people. May He guide them and give them favor. May He protect them with His mighty right hand. And may He send Moshiach soon.
Have a thoughtful, thankful and prayerful Purim.
For an in-depth study of the festival of Purim, check out Artscroll’s Purim: It’s observance and significance and Phillip Goodman’s The Purim Anthology. These are excellent books that have all the information you would ever want to know about the festival of Purim.