Relief on Purim

Two brown-eyed, gray-haired women are working hard to be pleasant and patient with one another as they achieve a difficult task: picking and packing items to move to a studio apartment in an assisted living residence.  The mother, age 92, is anxious about leaving her familiar home and going to a strange place. The daughter (me) is anxious about getting the packing done in time when her mother asks the same questions over and over, and takes hours to make decisions.

I give us both credit for rising above our anxiety and keeping our tempers.

By Wednesday evening, my mother will be in her new home. I hope both of us will feel relieved and glad about what we have achieved.

Wednesday evening is also Purim, the holiday when Jews read the book of Esther and turn life upside down. It’s a time for masks and unmasking, for outrageous skits based on the Esther story, for cross-dressing, for drinking, for eating hamantaschen cookies, for whooping it up. It’s a time to take a break from your anxieties and be glad.

I have no time to write anything new about the book of Esther now, but below are links to blog posts I wrote seven years ago concerning the journeys of the two heroes: Esther herself, and her uncle Mordecai. Between them, they save the Jews of Persia.

The Fall and Rise of Joseph, Daniel, and Esther: Part 1

The Fall and Rise of Joseph, Daniel, and Esther: Part 2

The Fall and Rise of Joseph, Daniel, and Esther: Part 3

The Fall and Rise of Joseph, Daniel, and Esther: Part 4

The Fall and Rise of Joseph, Daniel, and Esther: Part 5

 

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