Thursday, January 26, 2006

Seminary Transmitted - It's Really Good....

While I decided to get up 10 minutes before the busses left, we still had a fun day - and it's not over yet! (There's still a concert in about 20 minutes that I haven't yet showered for, with Neshoma Orchestra and Ari Boiangiu) We went to the old city for the second half of our discovery seminar. I have to say the beginning was so boring that after I completed 4 Su Do Ku's me and Shana were out cold. Then Rabbi Sait came in and brought up a whole thing about Megillat Esther. It is actually very very interesting. I thought it was really chilling that I'm gunna share.

So basically what he said was that in Megillat Esther, Hashem's name is not mentioned once. So when it says "Hamelech Achashverosh" it refers to Achashverosh but when it refers to "Hamelech" it's referring really to Melech Malchei Hamelachim, Hashem. If you notice near where it write out the names of Haman's kids, it starts off saying that they killed with SWORDS. And it goes on to say that really everyone was killed INCLUDING the 10 sons of Haman... and they are named. A paragraph lower, when Esther is asked what she would like "anything you want I will grant," she answers with "if it's ok with the melech.. yada yada... the Jews should celebrate tomorrow like they did today and Haman's 10 sons should be hanged for all to see." - so you're asking what? Haman's sons were already killed by sword! How is this possible?

So if you notice, it says "im al hamelech tov," hamelech being Hashem, not achashverosh. The tomorrow refers to the future and the 10 sons are going to be in the future. (We were proving that the 11 Nazi's who were put on trial in 1946 were connected, you'll see how) So in 1946 (which is year 5707 in the Judaic year) there was a trial of 11 Nazi's. Ten of which were hanged. Esther's nevuah (prophecy) had actually come true. So if you ask what happened with the 11th person? You may not know this but Haman had a daughter and one day she was on the roof cleaning out the toilet thingy, and she saw on the streets someone pulling someone riding a horse (haman pulling mordechai on the horse). She thought that her father was on the horse and Mordechai was on the ground. Because of this she threw the contents from the toilet down and it landed right on her father's head. When he looked up, and she saw it was him and that she disgraced her father, she committed suicide. What does this have to do with anything?

The 11th person in the trial committed suicide before the others were hanged. And what's even more interesting is that it was later found out that he wore women's clothes (women's underwear etc.) and when he was home he relaxed in a dress. So it's like Haman's 10 sons were hanged and him one daughter who commited suicide.

What's EVEN more?!?! Is that when you look at the names of Haman's sons written in the megillah, you'll notice they are written abnormally large. AND, you will notice also that there are three smaller letters within those letters. What are they? Taf, Shin, and Zayin. (Taf=400, Shin=300, Zayin=7 in Gematria) Don't know if you noticed it already, but that is that year that it happened, 5707 which is 1946.

SO yeah I thought that was really interesting, especially seeing it (get a Tanach and look it up!)

And now, off to the concert..... Miss you guys, talk to you soon.

3 Shpeils

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Blogger elder punk of zion said...

Interestingly enough R' Sait is actually the night seder organizer at Mevaseret.

Discovery was definitly interesting when I went there. personally I found the "7 wonders of the jewish world" to be the most meaningful of all the lectures, although the whole purim shpiel thing is quite cute.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 5:45:00 PM  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this whole thing is very interesting. I would like to just mention one thing. You had said that Haman's 10 sons were killed by sword on the first day of the war. Later it says that Esther asked for them to be hanged for everyone to see. That seems to have been a problem for you. What I wanted to mention was that Jewish law allows for 4 types of death administered by the rabbis: death by stoning, sword, choking and burning.
Hanging is not a type of death. The victim is first killed, by sword, I believe, and then hanged for a day as punishment, but not more out of respect for man, created in God's image.
The Jewish "hanging" is not intended as a type of death, but rather as a sort of warning or message, to let people know what happened. Which is exactly what Esther had in mind. The whole Hamelech is God thing still works, and the chronology issue is resolved. The sons were killed during the war and then hanged. You could take issue with the fact that this was not a punishment by the Jewish authorities of Jewish individuals. However, I just think that in this case it is interesting to note the concept of hanging in Judaism. Your explanation is good too, but I just don't like to play with numbers.
Shivim panim laTorah
MLT

Thursday, January 26, 2006 9:35:00 PM  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote the previous post. I wanted to apologize. I discussed this with someone over Shabbos, and I was told that hanging is actually part of stoning and not death by sword. So, my post doesn't hold together as nicely as I first thought. Still, the point about hanging someone after they are killed, for the purpose of sending a message, still applies.
MLT

Saturday, January 28, 2006 11:07:00 PM  

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