28 02, 2018

Esther never fasted on the Fast of Esther

By |2018-02-28T06:30:30-07:00February 28th, 2018|Thoughts|

  The holiday of Purim is observed today with a fast day called the “Fast of Esther” that precedes it on 13 Adar. Some Jews observe the fast day from morning until sundown. It does not begin the night before as Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, and is, in essence, a half day fast. [1] [...]

21 01, 2018

Current Purim practices differ from the biblical requirements

By |2018-01-21T06:02:04-07:00January 21st, 2018|Thoughts|

The current practice is that Purim is celebrated as a one-day holiday. Cities that were walled at the time of Joshua’s conquest of Israel – most notably Jerusalem – celebrate Purim on Adar 15, as a commemoration of the end of hostilities in the walled city of Shushan, where the battles occurred on Adar 13 [...]

1 03, 2017

Purim is not observed as mandated in the Bible

By |2017-03-01T05:37:50-07:00March 1st, 2017|Thoughts|

I am reposting this essay since Purim is coming shortly. My book “Ruth, Esther, and Judith,” tells, among much else, what the biblical book Esther really states, not what people want it to state.   It is remarkable how a reading of the biblical text itself without any preconceived notions reveals many things that is [...]