Friday, March 02, 2007

Freilichin Purim!

This coming Motzei Shabbos commences Purim. Ironically much akin to the events described in Megillas Esther today modern Jewry faces a genocidal threat from a Persian tyrant. I’d even speculate as going so far as to say perhaps Ahmadinejad is a descendant of Haman (himself a descendant of Agag, King of Amalek) – and if not genealogically certainly spiritually. This however should not dishearten us (of course we should do introspection in times of affliction) but we must stand proud, and stand strong. HaShem is with our people and this holy day we are about to celebrate is intended to remind us to put our faith in Him. On a related note, if you are wondering what that image is of (which I borrowed from: SalamIran ), it is the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai, the heroes through which the Divine plan was effectuated – it is located in Hamadan Iran. Many forget though that Jews are not only distant memories of antiquity in Iran… there are still 25,000 Jews still living there. May HaShem protect them and keep them so that we may never be placed in the situation of having to perform the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim for this population. My fear is that with all the rhetoric being ratcheted up in the global arena we may soon chas v’shalom be placed in this very hard situation. Ahmadinejad laughs in the face of the UN [a joke of an institution] at every obstacle they set before his nuclear ambitions but we can be sure that he will be hung. Towards the end of Midrash Rabbah on Esther it recounts an incident wherein Rabbi Chia Rabbah and Rabbi Shimon ben Chalafta were walking in the Arbel valley when they observed the Ayales HaShachar [the first rays of dawn] and Rabbi Chia Rabbah based on the pasuk in the Meggilah 8:6 [ לַיְּהוּדִים, הָיְתָה אוֹרָה וְשִׂמְחָה, וְשָׂשֹׂן, וִיקָר] [The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honour] stated “Such is the redemption of Israel, at first it comes little by little, then it grows rapidly greater”… Now, with the re-establishment of our people in our land currently in progress we can be sure that darkness is in its last throes and as such it is taking great (but futile) measures to attempt to preserve itself. Our day is on the horizon, and it will soon be clear as day – and our enemies shall fall. May HaShem continue to bless His nation with might, and bless His nation with peace.


hudi54 said...

there is a tomb in the galil that is called the tomb of mordechai and ester, and i think it is written in the talmud that mordechai mooved to israel.
so even if the tomb in the galil is not real(could very well be)it still go's against the gmara.
check it out.
chag sameach and fast mooving. (back home to israel)

Brooklyn Habiru said...

Chag Sameach Achi... apparently this topic already took a whirl in the blogosphere last year - heres a link to "A Simple Jew " addressing the topic of it being either in the Galil or in Hamadan. As for a citation within the Gemara, if you could find the exact source that'd be great!

Anonymous said...

yeesh! i wasnt even aware that there was a nuclear threat!yet another thing to worry about!
;( -m.h.h.

Brooklyn Habiru said...

Yeah, Iran's persistence in building an allegedly peaceful nuclear reactor whilst simultaneously maintaining a threatening regional stance towards its neighbors with statements such as "Israel will be wiped off the map" is definitely a global concern right now. There has been a US military build up in the Persian Gulf and they've performed excercises and war games from what I understand in anticipation of a developing situation. At the same time Iran keeps having war-games mostly intended to show off to the world their domineering missile capacity. Israel has been crying loudly [and rightfully so] that the development of such technology in the Iranian republic is intolerable, and the US has stated that ALL options are on the table [ie including military strikes] but for now seems to be content with pursuing them diplomatically which to all appearances seem to be for nill. In actuality in terms of the threat posed to Israel by Iran, it is already surrounded on several sides - Hezbollah to north is an Iranian proxy, and today Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met Ahmadinejad showing the alligned intentions of the PA with the Persian regime. Oh yeah, and then there is Syria and their newly established terror entity that was established in order to "annex" the Golan to Syria [who may have taken part in tossing mines over the border fence a couple of days ago], the Muslim Brotherhood in Sinai, and the list goes on and on... so in other words, the Iranians wouldnt even need a missile to threaten Israel with a nuke - just a well delivered suitcase.