Thursday, February 16, 2012
For Such a Time As This
The spirit of Haman is alive and well today. One would have to be pretty sheltered to have not heard how Iran would like to wipe Israel off the face of the map, or how they are currently beefing up their nukes to do just that.
Ironically, the main Haman of today, Amadinijad, lives in the very place of Haman in the book of Esther (In biblical times, Iran was Persia.)
The Feast of Purim begins on Wednesday evening, March 7. Just as Esther called for a three day fast to intervene for her people, I would like to issue an invitation to people who love Israel to consider doing the same. Our family (the older ones at least) will begin our three day fast at sundown on March 4, and continue until we break our fast for Purim on the night of the 7th.
So who's in? Will you stand in the gap for Israel by praying and fasting at this critical time?
And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther 4:13-15
By the way, those triangles on Haman's (oops, I mean Amadinijad's) ears are called Hamantaschen, which means "Haman's pockets," and are traditionally eaten at Purim.