Purim

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  • Ethical Dilemma In The Book Of Esther

    her relationship with Mordecai, who was then given control of the estate of Haman. Esther then begged the king for mercy for her people; he in turn incorporated a new law to help the Jewish people. The new law allowed the Jewish the right to assemble, protect themselves if they were attacked, and to confiscate the possessions of those killed. This law was made known to the entire kingdom, so that when the 13th day of the 12th month of Adar came, the Jewish people gathered and instilled fear in their adversaries. This lead to the Jewish people striking down all of their enemies, but they did not claim the plunder. The 14th and 15th days of the month of Adar became a time of celebration that the Jewish people observe annually called Purim. Within the book of Esther, there were ethical dilemmas for several people. The first dilemma pertained to Vashti and Xerxes. Vashti chose to exercise her autonomy (her personal self-determination) when she refused Xerxes’ summons to be presented to the male nobles at his banquet. Vashti’s decision led Xerxes to exercise paternalism, making decisions for someone else, which set off a chain of events that led to Vashti’s deposition as queen and Esther’s coronation as queen. Throughout the book of Ether, Xerxes, as king, employed paternalism to those he ruled. The principle of autonomy is lacking in the ancient world. The next ethical principle pertains to Xerxes, Mordecai, and Esther. Xerxes and Mordecai superseded Esther’s…

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  • East Of Eden And The Bible Analysis

    Wild animals are no different than civilized humans in that we live by one simple rule: eat or be eaten. We find the will to survive by any means. Insects use their camouflage abilities, lions their speed, and men their strength. Women, however, use their cunningness to survive. Whether flaunting accentuated features, beaming a beguiling smile, or toying with emotions, a woman 's survival comes down to her ability to physically or mentally deceive her opponent by any means possible. John…

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  • Short Essay On Jewish Holidays

    Across the world, Jews will celebrate the holiday of Purim this year from the eve of March 11 through March 12 with much fanfare and excitement. Families will go from door to door sporting costumes while delivering candy and other foods, and sit down to a lavish meal with friends and relatives later in the day to celebrate the holiday. But far beyond the food and costumes, Purim has a much deeper purpose to it, a lesson applicable to each and every one of our lives. Purim, one of the most…

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  • Esther In The Odyssey

    requests, but Esther has to gain the help of the Lord to aid her in her missions, again making the king’s role bigger and more impactful than in the Hebrew version. The Jewish people honor Mordecai for his actions in both books, but because of the Lord in the Greek version, Mordecai hands up his entire honor to the Lord. In the Hebrew version, the Jewish people are relieved of their enemies and celebrate Purim in remembrance of this and honor Mordecai. In the Greek version, the Jewish people…

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  • Comparison Of Hebrew Book Of Esther

    The book of Esther tells the history of the tradition Purim, riving from the word ‘pur’ meaning ‘a lot.’ Haman, the highest official in King Antiochus’ court, planned to destroy all of the Jews in the Kingdom of Ahasuerus because a Jew named Mordecai did not obey his commands. To save their people, Mordecai and his niece Esther must come up with a plan to save the Jews in the kingdom. The tradition of Purim is to celebrate when the Jews were relieved from their enemies when King Ahasuerus agreed…

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  • God On Trial And The Trial Of God Analysis

    prosecution of Jews occur at different time periods. Even though the trial that Wiesel witnessed occurred during the Holocaust, he chose to center it during Purim in a city called Shamgorod, where the last pogrom had left only two Jews in the whole city. Wiesel uses the trial as a purimspiel, to show how the trial is a tragic farce. This sets the tone for the trial as well, it causes it the mood or tone to be less grim. Whereas in the Trial of God the tone of the trial is serious throughout.…

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  • Food In The Middle East Essay

    halva. Baklava, a pasty covered in nuts and a cheese mixture, is associated with the fasting month of Ramadan Eid ul-Fitr by the Balkans and Ottoman Empire. Halva, another food that is important during religious holidays, is a nut-butter-based or flour-based dense, sweet confections. Halva is eaten on the 7th and 40th days and first anniversary following the death of a Muslim. Jewish people in the Middle East make up a small percentage of the populations in the Middle East. Though small, the…

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  • Daled Bavos: Alter Rebbe's Nigun

    Among the appropriate times for singing Daled Bavos are: Pesach, Shavuos and Sukkos, Yud Tes Kislev, Purim, Yud Bais Tamuz, the month of Elul, at the Bris, Bar Mitzvah and wedding celebrations, and when leading the chosson and kallah (bride and groom) to the chupah, until the conclusion of the circling of the kallah…

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  • Isaac Bashevis Singer's Short Friday

    distance may separate the two of them, they would always be connected by a force stronger than the two of them alone. The physical distance between them is irrelevant when noting the emotional intimacy these friends will always hold sacred. Their intense friendship and unbreakable unity in an ostensibly impossible situation elicit a sense of G-d’s nearness through the reader’s lens. This presumption that G-d can be present in a story through people rather than through direct references seems to…

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  • How Did Life Start In Christian Spain

    Torah scrolls are read at synagogues and with companionship of Judeo-Spanish songs. Each community has its own customs that they perform. The next holiday is one of the most recognized and familiar celebrations in the western hemisphere and that is Hanukkah. While Christians celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus the King of Nazareth, the Hebrew people are celebrating eight days of remembering the cleansing of the temple of Jerusalem. One of the least known Jewish holidays is Tu-b’ shevat.…

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