The "Parables" for an important commemoration are read on the eve of the feast, and are usually from the OT, and they always elucidate the meaning of the feast in some way. We look at the 3 OT readings for Pentecost Vespers, which, among other things, describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the calling of the Gentiles, the promise of the sending of the Holy Spirit to all Christians, and a superb description of the human condition and how the Holy Spirit helps heal it. This last point may be the most important one, because of we do not recognize our need, we will not do everything in our power to have the Holy Spirit abide in us.
The Triumph of Mordechai, painting by Pieter Pietersz Lastman The Book of Esther begins with a six-month day drinking feast given by King Ahasuerus for the army of Persia and Media and the satraps and princes of the provinces of his kingdom, concluding with a seven-day drinking feast for the inhabitants of Shushan Susarich and poor, and a separate drinking feast for the women organized by Queen Vashti in the pavilion of the royal courtyard.
At this feast Ahasuerus gets thoroughly drunk, and at the prompting of his courtiers, orders his wife Vashti to display her beauty before the nobles and populace, wearing her royal crown the Rabbis of the Oral Torah understand this that he wanted her to only be wearing her royal crown, meaning she would be naked, something she would have wanted to do, but due to a skin condition she refuses to do.
Her refusal prompts Ahasuerus to have her removed from her post. Ahasuerus then orders all young women to be presented to him, so he can choose a new queen to replace Vashti.
One of these is Esther, who was orphaned at a young age and was being fostered by her first cousin Mordecai. Esther does not reveal her origins and that she is Jewish. Shortly afterwards, Mordecai discovers a plot by two palace guards Bigthan and Teresh to kill Ahasuerus.
Having found out that Mordecai is Jewish, Haman plans to kill not just Mordecai but the entire Jewish minority in the empire. Esther discovers what has transpired; there follows an exchange of messages between her and Mordecai, with Hatach, one of the palace servants, as the intermediary.
Mordecai requests that she intercede with the king on behalf of the embattled Jews; she replies that nobody is allowed to approach the king, under penalty of death.
Esther has a change of heart, says she will fast and pray for three days and will then approach the king to seek his help, despite the law against doing so, and "if I perish, I perish. On the third day, she seeks an audience with Ahasuerus, during which she invites him to a feast in the company of Haman.
During the feast, she asks them to attend a further feast the next evening. Just then, Haman appears, and King Ahasuerus asks him what should be done for the man that the king wishes to honor.
Ahasuerus becomes enraged and instead orders Haman hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. The previous decree against the Jewish people could not be annulled, so the King allows Mordecai and Esther to write another decree as they wish. They decree that Jewish people may preemptively kill those thought to pose a lethal risk.
No spoils are taken. He also provides additional information on the dating of events relative to Ezra and Nehemiah. It too follows the original biblical account and includes additional traditions matching those found in the Greek version and Josephus whom the author claims as a source with the exception of the details of the letters found in the latter works.
It also provides other contextual information relating to Jewish and Persian history such as the identification of Darius the Mede as the uncle and father-in-law of Cyrus. Al-Tabari calls her Khumani and tells how her father Ardashir Bahman married her.
Ferdowsi in his Shahnameh c. McCullough, Muhammad Dandamayev and Shaul Shaked say that the Book of Esther despite its accurate details of the Achaemenid court[ citation needed ] is historical fiction. David Sperling and R. Littman say that, according to Herodotus, Xerxes could only marry a daughter of one of the six allies of his father Darius I.
It is dated to the fourth century BCE  and according to the Talmud was a redaction by the Great Assembly of an original text by Mordechai. The accompanying Tosefta redacted in the same period and Gemara in the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmud redacted c.
The work Esther Rabbah is a Midrashic text divided in two parts. The first part dated to c. The second part may have been redacted as late as the eleventh century CE and contains commentary on the remaining chapters of Esther. It too contains the additional contextual material found in the Josippon a chronicle of Jewish history from Adam to the age of Titus believed to have been written by Josippon or Joseph ben Gorion.Meal times The history of meal times (and number of meals consumed) makes for fascinating study.
These differ greatly from culture to culture and through time. But this year we'll have a catered meal from Michael Farha and we'll be feasting at St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral.
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The focal point of Passover is a communal meal, called the (haggadah) to give it a Christian perspective from the beginning, plastic is fine, although regular flatware will help mark this as a special occasion.
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