Posts tagged " Esther "

127 Ways to Leave Your Pessimism

February 26th, 2018 Posted by Thought Tools 11 comments

In the constant struggle to build a successful life, it is all too easy to be pulled down by hardship, dark recollections, terrifying fears, and sad thoughts flitting through one’s mind.  One remains confidently focused on the task by treating each day as its own opportunity to achieve success and happiness.

This Thursday we celebrate Purim on which we read the Book of Esther. It opens:

And it was in the days of Ahasuerosh, he was Ahasuerosh who reigned from Hodu to Kush, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces.
(Esther 1:1)

The number 127 occurs only once again in all of Scripture—at the end of Sarah’s life.

And Sarah was a hundred and twenty-seven years old…
(Genesis 23:1)

Ancient Jewish wisdom links the two occurrences. In Scripture, numbers have great meaning and if a number only appears twice, we need to note the connection between the two occasions.

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The 3rd Great Awakening

December 30th, 2015 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

How quickly time speeds by. It is already a year since I last fulfilled my responsibility as president of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians by soliciting your support. It’s time for me to do so again. Instead of just asking for your help, I would like to deliver to you something of value in exchange.

Here is a fun question worthy of dinner table conversation: The book of Exodus, chapter 17 verses 8-16, describes the warlike Amalekites attacking the newly emerging nation of Israel that was weakened by a few hundred years of brutal slavery. Israelite victory is clearly going to take a miracle. (more…)

Were Haman’s sons hanged twice?

March 5th, 2015 Posted by Ask the Rabbi 4 comments

Question:

Why did Esther ask the King to hang the ten sons of Haman who were already dead?

Thanks,

∼ Subash

Answer:

Dear Subash,

We’re going to answer your question with another question. Why are Jews obligated to hear the Book of Esther read from a handwritten scroll on Purim, the Feast of Esther?  Meanwhile, the Book of Maccabees relating the historical events of the holiday of Chanukah, plays no religious role on the festival of Chanukah and is not even included in the Tanach.

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