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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Real Miracle of Chanukah

Dry Bones is super brilliant, especially here:

Bones explains Jewish History and resilience in a nutshell.

This perfectly illustrates what I've said many times about my feelings when listening to Megilat Ester, the Scroll of Esther, which in Shiloh is read four times over our two day Purim.  Megilat Ester, the Scroll of Esther was written about events that took place well over two thousand, close to 2,500 years ago, hundreds of years before those of Chanukah.

Scroll of Esther, Chapter 9
20And Mordecai inscribed these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far,כוַיִּכְתֹּ֣ב מָרְדֳּכַ֔י אֶת־הַדְּבָרִ֖ים הָאֵ֑לֶּה וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח סְפָרִ֜ים אֶל־כָּל־הַיְּהוּדִ֗ים אֲשֶׁר֙ בְּכָל־מְדִינוֹת֙ הַמֶּ֣לֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵר֔וֹשׁ הַקְּרוֹבִ֖ים וְהָֽרְחוֹקִֽים:
21to enjoin them to make the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and the fifteenth day thereof, every year,כאלְקַיֵּם֘ עֲלֵיהֶם֒ לִֽהְי֣וֹת עֹשִׂ֗ים אֵ֠ת י֣וֹם אַרְבָּעָ֤ה עָשָׂר֙ לְחֹ֣דֶשׁ אֲדָ֔ר וְאֵ֛ת יֽוֹם־חֲמִשָּׁ֥ה עָשָׂ֖ר בּ֑וֹ בְּכָל־שָׁנָ֖ה וְשָׁנָֽה:
22as the days when the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month that was reversed for them from grief to joy and from mourning to a festive day-to make them days of feasting and joy, and sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.כבכַּיָּמִ֗ים אֲשֶׁר־נָ֨חוּ בָהֶ֤ם הַיְּהוּדִים֙ מֵאֹ֣יְבֵיהֶ֔ם וְהַחֹ֗דֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר֩ נֶהְפַּ֨ךְ לָהֶ֤ם מִיָּגוֹן֙ לְשִׂמְחָ֔ה וּמֵאֵ֖בֶל לְי֣וֹם ט֑וֹב לַֽעֲשׂ֣וֹת אוֹתָ֗ם יְמֵי֙ מִשְׁתֶּ֣ה וְשִׂמְחָ֔ה וּמִשְׁלֹ֤חַ מָנוֹת֙ אִ֣ישׁ לְרֵעֵ֔הוּ וּמַתָּנ֖וֹת לָֽאֶבְיֹנִֽים:
23And the Jews took upon themselves what they had commenced to do and what Mordecai had written to them.כגוְקִבֵּל֙ הַיְּהוּדִ֔ים אֵ֥ת אֲשֶׁר־הֵחֵ֖לּוּ לַֽעֲשׂ֑וֹת וְאֵ֛ת אֲשֶׁר־כָּתַ֥ב מָרְדֳּכַ֖י אֲלֵיהֶֽם:
And we have been celebrating the Purim Holiday with feasts and gifts for thousands of years.

Simple reminder. Both Chanukah and Purim celebrate miracles Gd made for the Jewish People centuries before the beginnings of both Christianity and Islam. This is further proof that the only true religion is Judaism.


Sharbano said...

A great Simchah. Tears of joy keep coming. Finally Sholom Rubashkin is no more captive.

Anonymous said...

Now Jonathan Pollard must be released now, today... please Hashem!!

Also the joy shown in Sholom Rubashkin's release, how will it be when Jonathan is released.. that will be so wonderful too.

and then imagine when Mashiach comes...

what joy, gladness and above all peace.. please Gd, will come at last forever in our tired world.

May it happen soon.


Sharbano said...

B"H. We cannot thank Hashem enough. Klal Yisrael needs to keep Emunah no matter what. I really expected this to be another Pollard. I could never forget that day and it weighed on my mind ever since. When Trump was elected THIS case of Sholom was the very first thing I thought of. I was sorely disappointed so many Jews were against him. Hopefully those individuals will reconsider their previous actions and do T'shuva.

Sharbano said...

Pollard HAS been released but is restricted. I would have preferred Sholom would have been pardoned. As it stands he still has to pay the fine etc.

Anonymous said...

Pollard has been released yes...

but still not allowed to go out on his own... and other things..
By release i mean.. Free ..free to go to Eretz Israel... his home... now that would be really FREE..

May it happen soon. Please please Hashem..


Batya Medad said...

Gd willing

Anonymous said...

That is why Yahadut is called the 'Eternal Truth'. If we say 'religion' then we are equating it with all kinds of avodah zorah, as a great tzadik, Rabbi Chaim Zimmerman,z't'l said. Torah has no such word as 'religion'. There is only truth and all other worship is avodah zorah.

Batya Medad said...

amen good point