and they got their butts kicked

Essence, body and soul. Everything in perfect harmony. And the bad guys got whipped big time. Apparently. But that’s all water under the bridge, even if that H2O is a bit salty with tears. And they really do want the unification of the world. And they do believe.And they question. And they are not evil. Of that I am convinced. What struck me was this weird story of a rabbi who eventually succumbed to mortality at 103. Unusual but not unheard of. However 103 with half a bottle of 96% proof every day is a curious phenomenon. …

---Rembrandt painted a very dark image of Haman Begging Esther for Mercy 1655, Bucharest , down on his knees, grovelling before Queen Esther. The king was to the side of his wife, condemning Haman with a sceptre pointed threateningly at his prime minister's head.---Read More:http://www.jewishmag.com/121mag/rembrandt-purim-art/rembrandt-purim-art.htm

…Between 1624-1685, Rembrandt and his students and colleagues painted and etched scenes from the Book of Esther. They took their themes from various stages in the Esther story, intense, full of imminent danger, sometimes highly decorative. What was the endless appeal of this slightly obscure, historically questionable (in Christian eyes) Jewish story to the Christian artists? …

---Rembrandt caught the intimacy between the two in a penetrating, yet identifiable manner. The expressive painting style, characteristic of the mature Rembrandt, stands out: thick layers of paint were smeared onto the canvas in order to render the particular texture of the clothing, with remarkable results. The paint on the sleeve of the man is applied so thickly that it reflects the light, an effect that contributes significantly to the persuasiveness of the scene. This daring working method could, given the standards of Rembrandt's time, surely be considered modern.This quality did not escape Rembrandts compatriot Vincent van Gogh. Roughly two centuries later, Van Gogh stated, after seeing The Jewish Bride in Amsterdam: ‘I should be happy to give 10 years of my life if I could go on sitting here in front of this picture for a fortnight, with only a crust of dry bread for food.’---Read More:http://rijksmuseumamsterdam.blogspot.com/2011/07/rembrandt-van-rijn-jewish-bride-1667.html

…What is remarkable is that it was only in his 80′s that the man suffered his first bout of ill health. Hospitalized for pneumonia. What’s pneumonia he asked. Its water in the lungs he was told. He thought about about this, and the remarked, “you see the problem was with the 4%, I told you so!”

I had always thought the holiday the jewish holiday referred to was of some backwater in Persia. A second division, third tier nation of earth scratchers and camel jockeys. But, it was the Babylonian empire that encompassed the entire world from a to z and soup to nuts. the whole shebang of the four corners and the four strong winds pushed all the tribute to Babylon.

..And it came to pass in the days of Achashverosh, the same Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Cush, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces.Usually translated as “from India to Ethiopia.” The location of Hodu and Cush is the subject of debate in the Talmud: Rav says these countries were at opposite ends of the world, thus the verse teaches that Achashverosh ruled the entire world. Shmuel says they were adjacent to one another and the verse teaches that he ruled the entire world as easily as he ruled these two countries….

---After the first night of feasting, Esther invites the king and Haman back for another celebration the following evening. The king agrees. Meanwhile, Haman is plotting to execute Esther’s cousin Mordechai on a gallows built near the palace. That evening, the king is reminded that Mordechai saved his life from two servants who were plotting to execute him. Mordechai was never rewarded for this. Concerned, the king calls Haman to his chamber and asks, “What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?”---Jan Victors painting. Read More:http://theshiksa.com/2010/02/22/hamantaschen-and-the-story-of-purim/

So, Purim was on a global scale, which made me less unsettled about all the dead piled like cordwood. Eighty-thousand for an entire planet given the slaughter in the trenches of WWI, Hiroshima, Dresden, etc etc. is unfortunate but not the catastrophe in historic terms if it was confined say to Vancouver Island, or Montana.

the ten sons of Haman, son of Hamdata, persecutor of the Jews, they killed; but they took none of the spoils…. That day, the number of the slain in Shushan the capital was relayed to the king. The king said to Queen Esther, “In Shushan the capital, the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the other provinces of

King? What is your plea? It will be granted you. What is your additional request? It will be fulfilled.”

Esther replied, “If it please the King, let the Jews of Shushan be allowed to do tomorrow what was lawful today, and let the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows.” The king ordered this done, and the law was proclaimed in Shushan, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged.

So the Jews of Shushan gathered again on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and killed three hundred men in Shushan, but took none of the spoils. And the rest of the Jews of the king’s provinces gathered and stood up for their lives to relieve themselves of their enemies and killed seventy-five thousand of their foes, but took none of the spoils. On the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and they rested on the fourteenth day and made it a day of feasting and rejoicing….

…I’ve never heard this out of Christianity or seen it in my experience from their spiritual leaders and that is the relation of these figures to coffee, cigarettes and alcohol. Some of these sages would apparently give their lessons for hours while constantly chain smoking, never using a match, just the proverbial chain. So, the students usually began puffing probably at their Bar-Mitzvah’s at age thirteen, and twelve to twenty-five coffees per day was not uncommon. Alcohol previously alluded. ( see above). These kind of habits are usually associated with writers, painters and other artistic vocations…

 

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