Thursday, March 01, 2007

Purim rerun

I posted this last year around Purim time, and I still like it. Hope you do, too.


Blogger rivkayael said...

Loved this post. Another example of peeling away the images rendering a hero "untouchable" and above human... Yasher koach!

Fri Mar 02, 03:09:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed.

Purim sameach.

Fri Mar 02, 05:07:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Tzipporah said...

ah, I'll post this here as well:

This has always bothered me, as well. I've gotten some very equivocal answers about it here:

torah forum post on purim

The most interesting point is brought by Kira, who reminds us that Mordechai comes from the tribe of Benjamin, who was the oly one of Yaakov's children who didn't bow to Esau when the two brothers reunited. A stiffnecked family, in general?

Shabbat Shalom!

Fri Mar 02, 07:53:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Tzipporah, you're being followed. :) I'll copy my response to the above comment that you first left on the original post:

"Well, Tzippora, as I said, "I’m a “p’shat” (literal interpretation) kind of person," and, from what I see *in the Torah itself,* the only reason why Benyamin did not bow to Esav was that he hadn't been born yet!

Was Haman a priest of another religion, as the text in your link suggests? We have no proof in our own text. Mordechai is problematic in that regard, since the only explanation he seems to have given for not bowing is that he's a Jew. That explanation gives Haman a perfect excuse to report to the king that there's a people living in the kingdom that doesn't obey the king's laws. Let's just say that this might not have been the best time for Mordechai to literally stand on principle."

Sat Mar 03, 10:07:00 PM 2007  

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