Monday, March 17, 2014

Haman and the IDF

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.


1 comment:

Mr. Cohen said...

Rabbi Avigdor Miller (a popular Chareidi Rabbi and author, born 1908 CE, died 2001 CE) delivered a free public lecture in the last year of his life, in which he taught that Jews should pray for the Israeli Army.

I personally witnessed this; I was there.

When a Jew recites Tefilat Shemoneh Esrei, he is permitted to add his own personal prayer requests in the middle of the final paragraph, which begins with Elokai Netzor Leshoni MeiRa.

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck NJ told me that I can recite it even on Shabbat and Yom Tov, because it is a communal tefillah, not a private bakashah.

SOURCE:
http://rabbipruzansky.com/2014/03/24/the-exchange-part-2/

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