Esther Nine: Purim

This chapter continues the last one, with the Jews going on the offense. “And the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword and with slaying and destruction, and they did to their enemies as they wished (Esther 9:5).” I wrote about this yesterday, so all I’ll say is it’s one thing to stand up for oneself, but another to go past the precipice and come down on the other side, and behaving in a way that is no better than one’s enemy. Haman’s sons die, but in a moment of morality, we learn that the Jews don’t take the spoils of war, which could demonstrate that the didn’t go all the way to the proverbial dark side, and maintained their humanity.

Now, we hear about Purim. “And the Jews who were in Shushan assembled on the thirteenth thereof and the fourteenth thereof, and rested on the fifteenth thereof, and made it a day of feasting and joy (Esther 9:18).” The holiday is coming up in a couple of weeks, making this a perfect time to be reading this chapter. We see the commandment of remembering and celebrating these days, something I look forward to actualizing pretty soon.

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