Dear Friends,

 

As Haman seeks to annihilate the Jews of Persia, he represents the one who is evil and self-serving. He becomes resentful of all of the Jews when but one Jew, Mordecai, refuses to bow down to him and thereby acknowledge his superiority and status.

 

We Jews have surely known our share of “Hamans” throughout history; those who sought our destruction, and those who signaled us out as a “people whose ways and loyalties are different.”  And unfortunately, “Haman” continues to exist in our world. That is the “Haman” who would seek our destruction and the “Haman” who brings so much darkness upon good and innocent people of our world. And the “Haman” whom we have in ourselves to some degree-the “Haman” against whom we personally battle for light and joy.

 

At the end of the Scroll of Esther we are told: “Unto the Jewish people there was light and happiness….” And it seems that is the challenge that we continue to face today, both collectively and as individuals. As we confront the dark, challenging and sometimes demoralizing aspects of life, we persist in our efforts to cause light and happiness to prevail. Yes, Purim is about standing up to “Haman,” no matter his form or presence, and causing light and blessing to prevail.                 

  

Shabbat shalom,  

 

         Rabbi David Greenberg