Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Season of Lent - Forgiveness - Reflection - Introspection

The snapshot above is from my husband's Army Album; he took this picture in Germany. A few Sundays ago, our Sharers Sunday School Class studied the Book of Esther and this week Jews celebrate the Festival of Purim, gathering in synagogues to read the Book of Esther.

Set in ancient Persia, it tells of Haman, a powerful royal adviser who is insulted when the Jewish sage Mordechai refuses to bow down to him. Haman resolves to wipe out the empire's Jews and makes the case for genocide in an appeal to the king:

"There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among . . . all the provinces of your kingdom, and their laws are different from those of other peoples, and the king's laws they do not keep, so it is of no benefit for the king to tolerate them. If it please the king, let it be written that they be destroyed."

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