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Haman was right!

Friday, 18 March, 2022 - 9:03 am

It was just one week ago that Chavie and I were chatting about Purim being celebrated during spring break, when half of Bozeman is defrosting in Mexico and Hawaii. We then realized that it is also on the day when Montanans are dressed like shamrocks and drinking like Irishmen; so Purim attendance was iffy. Yet, one week later, I am happy to say that I was wrong again; Jewish souls are always on fire and eighty-five of them flocked to the Chabad Lubavitch Center last night to hear the Megillah, enjoy Chavie’s fantastic dishes, say L’Chaim, and celebrate Purim in the Circus.  

There is one detail in the Purim story that doesn’t add up. When Haman sees that only one Jew, Mordechai, refuses to bow to him, why not kill Mordechai alone. Why does wicked Haman seek to annihilate all of Jewry, including the Shushan Jews who do bow to him? Last night I shared an insight that I heard from my mentor the Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory: Haman was no fool, he looked at Mordechai and realized that the same holy core, the same eternal bond with G-d, the same unyielding Jewish identity that enlivened Mordechai, exists in every Jew, even those who currently are bowing to him. He foresaw a time when they too will be inspired and will fight back against the Hamanfication of the Persian Empire, so he decided to get rid of them all.

Last night we celebrated with Jews of flavors. One who grew up religious in Monsey and felt like religion wasn’t for them and others who grew up unaware that they were Jews and realized it was their Jewish religion that they were missing in their life. I even said L’Chaim with one woman who always reminds me that she’s not religious and always does so while at a celebration of Jewish life. Haman was right about one thing, it’s the one thing that most antisemites get right, we are different, we are a thorn in their side, because come what may, Jews, even those who think they are distant, are holy at their core and it’s only a matter of time before their inner Mordechai comes to life and they inform Haman that they ain’t bowing to anyone but G-d.

 A Yid never breaks!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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