Purim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Haman, the villain of the scroll of Esther, read on Purim, is the world’s first recorded promulgator of antisemitism – the hatred of Jews. Jews – that is, the Israelites exiled from Judea, (henceforth Yehudim – Jews) had their own ways, their own customs. This, plus Mordechai’s refusal to bow down to the vainglorious Haman, set Haman’s plot to eliminate the Jews in motion. Courage, cunning and the unseen hand of G-d saw to it that Haman and his cohorts were all destroyed. But still, to this day, antisemitism persists.

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