This week is Purim. It commemorates 2,400 years ago when the Jews were saved from Haman’s evil decree in Persia, as described in The Book of Esther or Megillat Esther. People get dressed up, to hide and mask their identities in the same way that G-d’s identity is masked in the Purim story. He hid behind seemingly natural events such as the appointing of a Jewish queen, the inviting of the Queen and Haman to a feast, which ultimately led to Haman’s downfall on the gallows that he so wanted Mordecai to be hung on.
This is what happens in every day life. G-d is behind everything we do. He is the director of our lives. We are the actors and he is the director. Without the director, the actors have nothing to do they have no lines to say. They don’t know what’s going on. The director is all-important but he is behind the scenes. We cannot see him and the same is with G-d. He directs our lives. He writes the scripts we just act in the way he wants.
It is interesting that the Talmud tells us that on Purim that one should become so inebriated that one does not know the difference between ”blessed is Mordechai and accursed is Haman”. Very strange thing to say. Why should Jews become so inebriated so that we don’t know the difference between the ”blessed Mordechai” and the ”cursed Haman”? Or was that the blessed Haman and the cursed Mordecai? Something like that. I’m not sure. The question is, “What is it all about?” So I heard an answer like this:
That what the Talmud is trying to tell us is that we need to come to a realization that good and evil can both achieve the same result. The Talmud tells us that when Achashverosh removed his ring to Haman to kill all the Jews, that did more to improve the religious status of the Jews than any of the prophets did in their lifetimes. So, we need to realize that bad things are also part of G-D’s plan. Hopefully if we live good Jewish lives we wont need the wake up calls that are sometimes sent our way.
I wish everyone a happy delightful Purim. Don’t forget the 4 special Mitzvos on Purim,
1) To hear the Megillah twice, once at night and once by day,
2) To give 2 ready to eat foods to one person,
3) To give an amount of money to 2 poor people,
4) To have a feast and be merry