Gidon With Josh About Purim

Xerxes Pronunciation and Purim Discussion
Gidon and Joshua discussed the pronunciation and usage of the name Xerxes in the biblical story of Esther. Gidon clarified that in Jewish contexts, the Hebrew term “Ahashverosh” is used instead of Xerxes. He also mentioned the Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern, which includes commentary on the name, and Joshua expressed interest in obtaining a copy.

Jewish Celebration of the Book of Esther Explained
Joshua sought to understand the celebration of the Book of Esther in Jewish culture, and Gidon provided a detailed explanation. Gidon explained the holiday’s historical origins, observances, and customs, such as sending food packages, the tradition of Mishloach manot, Mikra megillah, and Matanot Laevyonim, and having a festive meal. Gidon emphasized that the holiday is celebrated worldwide by all Jewish communities, regardless of religious observance, and is more pronounced in Israel due to the country’s predominantly Jewish population.

Jewish Costumes and Masks Tradition
Joshua and Gidon engaged in a conversation about the historical and symbolic significance of costumes and masks in Jewish tradition. Gidon elaborated that the tradition may have originated from masquerade parties in Europe, where Jewish children wanted to participate. The tradition evolved to include wearing costumes, symbolizing the concept of revealing the hidden and hiding the revealed.

God’s Influence and Jewish Traditions
Joshua and Gidon discussed the concept of God’s influence, Providence and Hashgachah Pratit, describing it as an unseen force at work. They also touched upon the idea of God’s personal involvement in individuals’ lives. The conversation extended to Jewish traditions and customs, with Gidon explaining the significance of sharing meals and drinks, particularly wine, during the Jewish feast.

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