Capturing and testing the spirit of Purim, which was observed yesterday and Sunday.
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(She was not looking to win the queenship because she wanted to marry a Jew, so she requested no cosmetics for her session with the king, but she was chosen anyway.)
5) Why did Esther’s story about poison have to check out?
A: It was registered under another name.
(Her uncle and adoptive father, Mordecai, overheard two palace guards plotting to poison the king. He told Esther, who reported it to her husband in Mordecai’s name. This is the source for the great virtue ascribed in Judaism to giving credit to sources.)
6) What made Haman change his position concerning Mordecai?
A: He couldn’t take the bow so he went to the stern.
(Haman was angry because Mordecai refused to bow when he passed, so he sternly initiated a vendetta. Tradition indicates Mordecai could not bow because Haman wore an idolatrous totem around his neck.)
7) Which capital featured in the meeting between Haman and Ahasuerus?
A: The Kikar.
(The currency, i.e. capital, Haman offered as a bribe is called Kikar in Hebrew. Kikar also means a public square, and in Israel the Defense Department complex in Tel Aviv is called the Kikar, the equivalent of our Pentagon. The actual capital city was Shushan, today known as Shush or Shustar in Iran .)
8) How did Haman suggest Ahasuerus contemplate the Jewish problem?
(Haman offered 10,000 Kikar.)
8) What happened when Mordecai went to sleep?
A: He tried to hit the sack but the sack hit him instead.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?