H is for Haman. Boo, hiss!
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"An adversary and an enemy, even this wicked Haman"
On Purim we celebrate the deliverance of the Jews of the Persian Empire from a total massacre more than 2,000 years ago. It's named for the lots (pur-im) cast by Haman, the King's vizier, to determine the date on which the Jews were to be killed in the capital city of Shushan.
Esther and Mordechai are the heroes of the story. You can open your Bible or your browser and read the fascinating Book of Esther in your own language. (It's only 7 pages!)
Yesterday was the Fast of Esther, but today we feast and drink wine, send gift baskets of food to friends, have costume parties and parades, and give lots of charity to the needy. The scroll of Esther is chanted in the synagogue; every time Haman's name is heard, all the kids and adults stamp their feet, whistle, pound the table, or spin noisemakers.