Capturing and testing the spirit of Purim, which was observed yesterday and Sunday.
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(The text says Mordecai heard of the decree against the Jews and he donned sackcloth and ashes. Tradition adds that this was revealed to him in a dream.)
9) Why did it take Esther three days to get to the king?
A: You know her and the girls! That was their idea of fast.
(Esther and her loyal attendants fasted three days before she approached the king. This sort of self-deprivation served as a sort of prayer for God’s assistance.)
10) What did Esther say when the king offered her 50%?
A: “Great! Let’s halve a party!”
(The king said she could request up to half the kingdom. She said she would reveal her request in a party honoring the king and Haman.)
11) How did Haman react to driving Mordecai around?
A: He was down in the dumps.
(Haman ended up leading Mordecai around town on a majestic horse to honor Mordecai for saving the king’s life. Tradition says his daughter thought it was Mordecai leading her father, so she dumped trash from an upper storey onto the head of the person on foot.)
12) What did Harvona say about Haman?
A: He was hanging at the wrong party.
(Harvona turned up at the exact moment the king was enraged at Haman to inform the king Haman had prepared a gallows for Mordecai. The king angrily instructed Haman be hanged thereon.)
13) Why did Haman leave before the end of the Megilla?
A: He couldn’t take the suspense.
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