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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

EZ Reads for Purim

Elianna and Kayla get in on the candy action fast:

Easy if you're not drinking yet, anyway:
  • Ariella relates a great vort on the machatzis hashekel:
    But there is no such hierarchy for the machatzis hashekel, which functions as the ultimate equalizer. Whether you are rich or poor, proud or humble, you give the same amount and cannot get any greater recognition than your neighbor. So it is fitting that such a pure form of donation, unblemished by self-aggrandizement or jealousy, would be the saving force for the Jews. Haman was completely motivated by kina and kavod, as we see from his self-promotion and his inability to tolerate anyone not giving him the form of recognition he believed to be his due. He had the position and the wealth that should have made all his aspirations come true. But the Jews, bound together with no self-serving motive or jealousy, together, triumphed over his machinations.
  • ADDeRabbi has had some memorable megillah readings. I remember a few years ago when Serach needed to hear at night, after working the door at an event and missing the brachos. (The person there didn't come to tell her it was starting until too late.) Our good friend Moshe read for her in a room at Lander, and she was so exhausted he had to keep pausing while I woke her up.
  • NMF#7 with a great pair of links on Purim history (especially the one on Purims in different places throughout history when people tried to wipe out Jews), as she awaits her Yerushalayim Purim to begin.
This is the first "normal" Purim in five years of marriage for us: Years 1 and 4 were on Friday, Year 2 Serach was 9 months pregnant with Elianna, and the only half-normal one, Year 3, was on a Sunday - but I had to work until right before the seudah because of busy season.

Finally, a comic I've been saving for a few days because it's really great, but in a way, most apropos to Purim - think about it after a few drinks!

The "mouseover" text is
Correlation does not imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing ‘look over there.’
Have a freilichen Purim!!!

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