Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Haman harasha

H is today's letter over at ABC Wednesday and today and tomorrow is Purim in Israel, so . . .
H is for Haman. Boo, hiss!

(To enjoy the detail, please click on the image. )
"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.
Happy Purim!

21 comments:

Louise said...

This is my 2nd favorite Bible story (Joseph is my favorite). I love the way you celebrate!!

Granny Smith said...

It sounds like a wonderful celebration! I loved the enlarged photo. I'm trying to remember to enlarge photos on as many blogs as allow it.

Good "H" post!

Babooshka said...

I laughed at your pantomine Boo Hiss at the bad in the Bible.

Kay said...

A very happy Purim to you, Dina. I'll go check that out now.

Kay said...

OK... I read it. It was very interesting. Thanks, Dina.

Petrea said...

Stamp your feet and be happy! I am.

Lene said...

REminds me of my lovley grandmother - her name was Esther - and she read the bible to me :)

Andrée said...

Why am I always shocked by cruelty and brutality? We see it now, we read about it happening in the past. Perhaps my shock is in the many "novel" ways in which it is done. I pray for the people who feel such hatred and anger.

Suzanne said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I once wrote a curriculm for Vacation Bible School, It was called 'Ester and the Whole Megilla'. Kids had fun but we had to teach them to boo and hiss when Haman's name was mentioned.

Hag Sameach Dina

bennie and patsy said...

I am studying Esther now on DVD's from our pastor teacher. So this is very interesting post.
Patsy

Tumblewords: said...

Incredible horrors mankind delivers. Nice reminder post!

magiceye said...

OH THIS IS AWESOME!

Cloudia said...

Haman was offended that Esther's uncle Mordecai wasn't "impressed" by Haman's (BOOOOO!) "glory."

Purim fun! Aloha-

Kris said...

One suspects that Haman wasn't hugged enough as a child...

Grace and Bradley said...

Happy Purim to you too. It sounds like a very happy day.

spacedlaw said...

Booo, hisss indeed.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Great H! Very interesting post, i'm so glad to learn something new every day!

HHHugs Tyra


THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

Jeannette St.G. said...

Happy Purim to you - didn't know that it was such a feast with costumes and all. Have fun and enjoy!

Catherine said...

Happy Purim to you Dina.
Glad to learn it's such a happy celebration. Enjoy.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Very interesting, Dina. Thanks for the insight.

Carolina said...

Happy Purim to you!