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Purim: God saves His people

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The holiday of Purim celebrates God's rescue of the Jewish people from the destruction plotted by Haman. The story is found in the Book of Esther. Although it is the only book in the Bible that does not mention God's name, the Lord's presence and guidance may be seen in each of the ten chapters of this wonderful part of Scripture.

HamantashenPurim is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar (in 2013, it is the evening of February 23 and the day of February 24), with joyful gatherings and special foods such as hamantaschen - a delicious cookie in the shape of the villain Haman's tri-cornered hat.


Click here to read more about Purim Celebrations Around the World, and be sure to check out these delicious Purim Recipes.

What does the ancient story behind Purim mean for us today? Read these articles for some perspectives on the lessons we can learn from Esther, Mordecai, and Haman:

Will Suffering Lead to Bitterness or Sweetness?
By Dana N.

As we celebrate Purim, we remember God's deliverance through yet another attempt to destroy the Jewish people. We recall the heroism and bravery of young Esther and the faithfulness of her uncle Mordecai, who incurred the wrath of Haman after refusing to bow down to him. But I wonder how the story would have ended if Esther or Mordecai had responded differently to their situations?

Secrets of Jewish Survival
By Ben Volman

A people of survival must cope with endless questions, stories of survival and tragedies of loss. One wonders how Israel has outlasted an endless parade of tyrants and despots, from ancient Haman to the modern-day Hamas.

Lessons from Esther: A Female Perspective
By Cathy Wilson

At first pass, the book of Esther reads like a modern reality TV series. But what about Esther herself? What am I to learn personally from this Jewish woman?


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