There is a famous saying, every delay is for the best. If a flight is cancelled , a party is postponed or a Doctor changed an appointment, it is all from Hashem for a great reason.
We naturally dislike being held back form our regularly scheduled plans, and what I leaned from Rabbi Pliskin is appropriate here.. Everything within reason. If someone stands you up or lies to you about meeting dates, etc and wants to blame you, you have a right to be outraged about the circumstances. But if instead of becoming angry when it happens, we accept with Emunah that Hashem was behind it, we could turn those times into a great service of G-d.
Most of the time we don't see the benefit of cancelled plans or delays. But sometimes, even years, later, we realize why we had to be at a certain place at a certain time, and how the canceled plans were Hashem's way of arranging it. Whether we see it or not, Hashem is always guiding our steps, perfectly setting up tailor-made situations for each person's journey through live
The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman's plot "to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day," as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).
The Story in a Nutshell
The Persian Empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he arranged a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen, though she refused to divulge her nationality.
Meanwhile, the Jew-hating Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther's cousin), defied the king's orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed, and he convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar, a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.
Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G‑d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At a subsequent feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued, granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.
On the 13th of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar, they rested and celebrated. In the capital city of Shushan, they took one more day to finish the job.
Purim means "lots" in ancient Persian. The holiday was thus named since Haman had thrown lots to determine when he would carry out his diabolical scheme. You can pronounce this name many ways. In Eastern tradition, it is called poo-REEM. Among Westerners, it is often called PUH-rim. Some Central-European communities even call it PEE-rim. (WARNING: Calling this holiday PYOO-rim—as English speakers are sometimes wont to do—is a surefire newbie cover-blower.)
Reading of the Megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. This is done once on the eve of Purim and then again on the following day.
Giving money gifts to at least two poor people.
Sending gifts of two kinds of food to at least one person.
A festive Purim feast, which often includes wine or other intoxicating beverages.
There is a spirit of liveliness and fun on Purim that is unparalleled on the Jewish calendar. If there were ever a day to "let loose" and just be Jewish, this is it! Read why here.
It is also customary for children (and adults, if they desire) to dress up in costumes. Read why here.
A traditional Purim food is hamantaschen (or oznay Haman), three-cornered pastries bursting with poppy seeds or another sweet filling. Read why here.
On the day before Purim (or on the Thursday before, when Purim is on Sunday), it is customary to fast, commemorating Esther's fasting and praying to G‑d that He save His people. Read more here.
When to Celebrate
One of the unique aspects of Purim is the diverse timing for its celebration.
● Common Custom: Jews all over the world celebrate Purim on Adar 14, the day when our ancestors rested from the war against their enemies.
● Walled Cities: Since the Jews of Shushan rested one day later, their Purim was deferred to the 15th. This was extended to include any city that was surrounded by walls in the days of Joshua, notably Jerusalem.
● Small Towns: In ancient times, villagers only banded together with fellow Jews in the larger towns on Mondays and Thursdays, which were market days. Thus, the sages decreed that they should read the Megillah on the market day preceding 14 Adar. This custom is no longer practiced.
Note that on Jewish leap years, there are actually two months called Adar, Adar I and Adar II. Purim is celebrated in the second Adar, but 14 Adar I is still a happy day, referred to as Purim Katan (Small Purim).
The Significance of Purim
In addition to the miracle of Jewish survival despite the efforts of our enemies, Purim celebrates G‑d's intimate involvement in every aspect of this world. Even though there were no overt miracles recorded in the Megillah—indeed, His name is not even mentioned once—G‑d was actively "pulling the strings" to care for His nation.
Additionally, Haman's edict catalyzed a spiritual revival among the Jews. In a sense, this was even more significant than the Covenant at Sinai—an overwhelming spiritual experience that compelled the Jews to accept the Torah—since it occurred of their own volition, even as they were scattered among the Persian people and immersed in their culture. It was in the merit of this spiritual reawakening that G‑d orchestrated their salvation.
Other Cool Purim Facts
All too often, Jewish communities have narrowly escaped catastrophe. More often than not, the plot involves an evil tyrant who follows the ways of Haman. And just like the Purim story, G‑d is there to save His people from certain doom. Some communities make their own "Purim" holiday on the anniversary of the date of their respective salvation. Some even read the chain of events from specially-made "megillah" scrolls.
In modern times, the plans of some of our nation's worst enemies have have been thwarted on this day.
In the early 1950s, Joseph Stalin, the ruthless butcher of millions of innocent people, had bloody plans for dealing with the "Jewish problem" in the U.S.S.R. Just as things were reaching a crisis point in 1953, he died . . . on Purim! Read the riveting details here.
In 1990, Saddam Hussein of Iraq defiantly invaded nearby Kuwait. As pressure ramped up from the international community, his army began firing SCUD missiles into Israel. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, repeatedly assured the people of Israel that they would be protected. After the U.S.-led forces attacked Iraq, they were quickly victorious and the hostilities ended . . . on Purim! Read all about it here.
"The View" host Joy Behar mocked Vice President Mike Pence as "mentally ill" for suggesting God speaks to him during prayer, but said nothing when Oprah Winfrey suggested God talks to her.
Joy Behar called Mike Pence 'mentally ill' for praying but said nothing when Oprah suggested God speaks to her.
Oprah, a Christian, made the remarks when asked if she plans to run for president in 2020. "If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn't God kind of tell me? I haven't heard that," Winfrey told CBS News.
On Tuesday, Behar criticized Pence for allegedly suggesting that God speaks to him during prayer. "It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you," Behar snarked. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct. Hearing voices."
For one thing, Pence never said that. Behar was reacting to a comment made on "Celebrity Big Brother" by fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who claimed Pence said something like that.
Poland's Prime Minister Claims Not Only Polish, German Perpetrators — Jewish Perpetrators of Holocaust, Too-just in time for Purim-this is beyond reason
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told participants at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Nazis were not the only perpetrators of the Holocaust – there were Jewish perpetrators as well.
The prime minister was responding to a question by an Israeli journalist who questioned whether writing the story of his own mother's survival of the Holocaust in Poland wouldn't land him in a courtroom.
The question was raised regarding Poland's new law criminalizing public statements "falsely" blaming the government, nation or Polish citizens for perpetrating or collaborating with Nazi crimes during World War II.
Morwaiecki said the law didn't really work that way: the journalist wouldn't be blamed for writing about his mother's experiences because just as there were Polish perpetrators of war crimes during the Holocaust, he said, there were others, including Jews.
"Of course it's not going to be punishable," he claimed. "It's not going to be seen as criminal to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian: not only German perpetrators."
Israeli lawmakers responded by calling Morwaiecki the prime minister of anti-Semitism.
Labor Party leader Avi Gabby called Morwaiecki a Holocaust denier, adding in a statement: "The blood of millions of Jews cries out from Polish soil about the distortion of history and the escape from guilt. Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and Poles took an active part in their murder. The government of Israel must be the voice of the millions of those murdered and strongly condemn the words of the Polish prime minister."
Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai said in a statement that the Israeli government should cut its diplomatic involvement with Poland. "The time has come for the government of Israel to take practical steps and make it clear to Poland that the law and its repeated statements about Poles and the Holocaust of European Jewry are on the border of Holocaust denial," he said. "It must demand a change in this twisted law and until then reduce the rank of the embassy in Warsaw. Today's political interests are important. Jewish history is more important."
Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid called on Israel to recall its ambassador from Poland immediately in response to Morwaiecki's statement, saying it was "Anti-Semitism of the oldest kind… The Jewish state will not allow the murdered to be blamed for their own murder."
Last week, Polish presidential adviser Andrzei Zybertowicz further rubbed salt in diplomatic wounds by claiming in an interview published in the Polska-Times newspaper that Israel's vehement objections to the law came from a "feeling of shame at the passivity of the Jews during the Holocaust.
"Many Jews engaged in denunciation, collaboration during the war," said Zybertowicz," an adviser to Poland's President Andrzei Duda. "I think Israel has still not worked it through."
Netanyahu Slams Polish PM's 'Outrageous' Remarks, 'Inability to Understand History
"The Polish Prime Minister's remarks here in Munich are outrageous," Netanyahu said in a curt statement sent to media after the conclusion of the Sabbath in Israel.
"There is a problem here of an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people," he added.
"I intend to speak with him forthwith."
Morawiecki was responding to a question by an Israeli journalist who questioned whether writing the story of his own mother's survival of the Holocaust in Poland wouldn't land him in a courtroom. The question was raised regarding Poland's new law criminalizing public statements "falsely" blaming the government, nation or Polish citizens for perpetrating or collaborating with Nazi crimes during World War II.
The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) has expressed concern the Polish Justice Ministry will put the bill on hold for the foreseeable future.
The measure was published in October and was to have been approved by the end of 2017, but never was. Under the proposed legislation, a survivor who wishes to file a claim must be a Polish citizen (today) who lived in the country when their property was confiscated by the communist regime. Most survivors who left Poland during or immediately after the Holocaust would not be eligible to file a lawsuit under the conditions of the bill as it is currently written.
On other matters, Netanyahu met last week with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres along the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, and told him the Golan Heights will remain in Israel's hands forever.
The prime minister said Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria and added that Israel will act against any Iranian attempt to build bases in Syria.
Netanyahu also thanked Guterres for holding an informal UN Security Council discussion on the two IDF fallen soldiers and three Israeli civilians being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza. The prime minister called for additional determined action on the issue.
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See you tomorrow, Happy Purim outside of Jerusalem