This year's Purim casting is a bit sticky, imperfect and Oedipal, but some of the alignments are too perfect to ignore.
Purim (“lots”), described in the biblical Book of Esther, marks the salvation of ancient Persian Jews from a plot to wipe them out. The story transpired in Shushan, the walled capital city of Persia, where, according to the scroll, the plot was only fully foiled on the 15th day of Adar. The scroll describes how Esther, a Jewish orphan, became queen to King Ahasuerus, and was thus in a position to foil the schemes of Haman, the evil vizier who planned the genocide. She was alerted to the plot by Mordechai, her uncle, was evidently on the king’s council.
The heroes of Purim stood proudly as Jews. They worked with the non-Jews around them, especially those in power, and together they defeated those who conspired against them.
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Kids and adults, citizens and asylum-seekers, dress up and take to the streets to celebrate the salvation of Jews in ancient Persia from a plot to kill them.
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