So...we have this tradition - each Purim - at night and in the morning, we read the story of what was done, or almost done to us in Shushan...a city in Persia, which is today Iran.
We remember because we more than most people understand that to forget what was done, is to invite it to happen again. It's a true story - with a king, an evil man named Haman, and the hero and heroine - Mordechai and Esther.
It could have easily ended in tragedy - with the annihilation of a whole community - or more. Instead, evil was destroyed; goodness triumphed. Haman was hanged from the very tree from which he would have hanged Mordechai and the Jews went on, in light and in joy.
Each time the name Haman is read from the megillah, we make noise to drown out his name. Stamp your feet, shake a grogger (noise maker), blow a horn, boo out loud. Whatever it is...it's all meant to send a message to our enemies.
It can get quite noisy and it is something the children love. Apparently, so did the IDF in this wonderful clip. You'll hear someone reading the megillah in the special, beautiful sing-song tune we use. And then you'll hear him say "Haman."
Here's a great way the army got the soldiers to practice...and in it's way, it is the ultimate response to Haman - a Jewish army promising to forever erase his name.