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6 Themes of Purim

Purim is a holiday that comes to us in the peculiar book of Esther, a historical novella found in the Hebrew Bible. This story comes to us from the a post-prophetic period, when the voices of the prophets are silent, and the Israelites are scattered in the diaspora. It’s a story that never once mentions God’s name, one where we never see any direct interaction between God and humans. Perhaps it’s because he is there in the background, as the Narrator of the whole story (and every story)? Maybe as a quiet supporting character? Or maybe as a distant and apathetic spectator? Life goes on, people have choices, and individuals have the opportunity to effect change.

Here are a few thoughts running through my mind as I prepare to celebrate this holiday.

8 Views on Hannukkah from Israel and Palestine

The Festival of Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a minor Jewish holiday that is often dwarfed by the excitement and magic of Christmas in the Western world. In Israel, though, Hanukkah is the main (and only) winter holiday for Israeli Jews, and in recent years it has become increasingly commercialized (perhaps as a response to the lavish Christmas celebrations in other areas of the world). Children are home from school for over a week, people indulge in deep-fried foods, and kids beg their parents to take them to expensive plays and activities.