What is Purim all about?
The festive holiday of Purim commemorates Israel’s salvation from extermination by the mighty Persian Empire, some 2500 years ago. Jews in Israel and all over the world celebrate Purim on the 14th day of Adar (this year March 8th) as a time of “Light, Gladness, Joy and Honor for the Jewish people” (Esther 8:16).
A Complete Turnaround
Through a series of seemingly “random”, coincidental events, a prominent Jewish leader named Mordecai and his young cousin Esther (who was chosen to be the queen), orchestrated a complete turnaround of events resulting in the destruction of Haman and the survival and prosperity of the Jewish nation.
As recorded in the Book of Esther (9:1) “And it was turned around, the Jews prevailed over their enemies”. This day was set aside as a special day of feasting and celebration for the Jewish people.
Why is God’s name hidden?
The Book of Esther is unique in that the name of God does not appear anywhere in the scripture. This was intentional, to teach us a very powerful lesson: All of those “random events” were actually hidden miracles – no less miraculous than the Ten Plagues and the Splitting of the Sea! Although sometimes God appears to be “hidden”, we recognize that He controls world events. Nothing is random.
How do we celebrate today?
To publicize the miracle, Jews read the “Megillah” (the Book of Esther) all over the world. And since the Jews were saved from physical destruction, the celebration is replete with “physical” activity – eating, drinking, singing and dancing. As expressions of friendship and unity, we “send delicacies to one another and gifts to the poor.” (Esther 9:22).
In every generation there is another Haman – out to destroy the Jewish nation. Whether it’s Hitler or Ahmadinejad – and the list goes on – those who curse Israel are doomed to destruction. And those who bless Israel will forever be blessed… (Genesis 12:3). As God’s exalted nation, Israel will survive and prosper – this is the true celebration of Purim!
Modern Day ‘Hamans’
Today, Israel finds itself surrounded by tens of thousands of modern day “Hamans”, otherwise known as the “freedom fighters” of Hezbollah and Hamas. These groups, along with the evil Iranian dictator, open calling for the destruction of Israel.
Since its independence in 1948, Israel has suffered from acts of terror in the form of suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, rocket attacks and much more. While thousands of Israelis have been killed, many more victims of terror suffer daily from deep physical and emotional scars. Young children, teenagers and adults who have lost loved ones often suffer in silence.
Bring Joy to Israel’s Victims of Terror
This year, you can brighten the Purim holiday for families who suffer from the horrific pain and trauma of terror attacks. Sending a special Purim Basket (known as ‘Mishloach Manot’) fulfills a very important Mitzvah (good deed). Your blessing will touch the hearts of these families, knowing that people share both their pain and joy. Your message of comfort will go a long way to make the holiday extra special for those who have suffered so much.
Join United with Israel in distributing hundreds of festive Purim baskets to families who have suffered so much. Your gifts will truly bring “light, gladness, joy and honor” to the special heroes of Israel whose only crime is that they are proud Jews living in the Land of Israel.
Whether losing parents, siblings or their own limbs, the most tragic victims are the children – whose pain is devastating. Kids need and deserve to have FUN! Sending a deluxe basket loaded with their favorite goodies and toys will go a long way to bring joy to these special young children…
Each basket will include some of Israel’s most popular snack foods and drinks that are sure to make the families very happy. Deluxe baskets are filled with toys for the children. You can also include a own personal note to the families, which will surely touch their hearts and make the Purim celebration extra special.
There is no greater way to bless Israel than to share kindness and joy with Israel’s victims of terror.
United with Israel thanks you for turning “Sadness into Joy” for Victims of Terror. May God bless your kindness and generosity towards these special heroes of Israel.
- Help Israeli Children Celebrate Purim in Trying Times (vineoflife.net)
- French best seller unravels Nazi’s cryptic last words about Purim (timesofisrael.com)
- PURIM – Send in the clowns (tapbb.wordpress.com)
- “The days of Purim shall never end among the Jewish people” (bokertov.typepad.com)
- In Israel, ‘Having an old friend for dinner’ (theuglytruth.wordpress.com)