Children in religious Jewish neighborhoods in Lakewood and Brooklyn dress up in costumes and deliver treats from house to house instead of asking for them–like a reverse Halloween. This is done to celebrate the delivery of scrolls containing “good news” throughout the Persian (Iranian) Empire 400 years before Jesus. (Those messages from the king with “good news” cancelled previous royal messages that had ordered all Jews to be killed on the day of the full moon for Persian month of March).
Adults celebrate the holiday with eating and drinking. But there is also a serious side. The adults read the entire “Megillah” or Scroll of Esther—the longest and most recent book in the Old Testament of the Bible.
It tells of how Haman, the king’s #2 official, persuaded the king to adopt a plan to greatly increase the royal treasury without making his subjects angry with tax hikes. Haman would pay the enormous sum of “10,000 talents of silver” into the “royal treasury”. Haman would get that money by having an exclusive government contract or charter letting his family’s organization kill all Jews in the empire—a small “one percent” minority—and seize all their property. At the time, neither Haman nor the king knew that Esther, one of the king’s favorite wives, was Jewish.
When Mordecai, Esther’s uncle learned of this plan, he asked her to approach the king and persuade him to cancel Haman’s evil plan. But Esther at first refused. She said: “The law is well known that if any person enters the king’s inner court without being summoned, that person is put to death—unless the king raises the golden scepter”.
Mordicai responded: “Do not imagine that you of all Jews will escape with your life by being in the king’s palace. On the contrary, if you keep silent now, relief and deliverance will come from somewhere else–while you and your family die. And who knows, maybe you got your privileged position for such a time as this!” (Esther 4:13-14)
Esther then changed her mind and said, “Then I will go to the king without invitation, although it is against the law; and if I am to die, I will die”. After praying, and fasting, Esther entered the king’s chamber without invitation and broke the law. Instead of ordering her death, the King raised his scepter, and let Esther speak to him. He then agreed to spare the Jews. This was today, the day of the full moon of the Jewish month before spring. Later, Haman was hanged on gallows he had built to execute Mordecai, a prominent Jewish leader to begin his murder of the Jews. Years later, President Abraham Lincoln often used the term “Gallows of Haman” to describe plots cooked up by his enemies to destroy him, that destroyed his enemies instead.
Many Americans today enjoy wealth and privilege because of our Constitution and culture of liberty. But when our Constitution and our culture of liberty are both relentlessly attacked by the “progressive” left, few Americans with wealth and privilege defend them. Like Esther, they remain silent. Like Esther, they are afraid to expose themselves, their families, and their businesses to criticism or retaliation that would put their wealth or privilege at risk.
But Mordecai’s warning to Esther applies to them as well. If they fail to defend our Constitution and liberty now, they will also lose everything if our country falls apart. Instead of worrying about losing their wealth and privilege, they should understand that our Constitution and America’s “exceptional” culture of liberty and laws to equally protect the “unalienable rights” of each individual is what gave them and their families wealth and privilege in the first place. And maybe they got their wealth and privileged positions “for such a time as this” so they could use their wealth and privilege to protect that Constitution and culture and government of liberty.
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