Thursday, March 24, 2005

Purimfest 1946!!

The story
Look at the names of Haman's sons listed in Esther 9:6-10. See three small letters? They are Taf, Shin, and Zayin, which can represent the Hebrew year 5707, corresponding to the year 1946-47. And, holy canoli, on October 16, 1946 (21 Tishrei, 5707) ten convicted Nazi war criminals were hanged in Nuremberg. The last man to go was Julius Streicher, and his very last words, per Newsweek, October 28, 1946, were, "Purimfest 1946."

Things that are cool
1 - In Esther 9:13, Esther says, "If it pleases the king give the Jews in Sushan permission to carry out this day's edict tomorrow also, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged on gallows." This is odd. The ten sons of Haman had already been killed, why is Esther asking to hang them again? On the word "tomorrow," in Esther's request, the Sages comment: "There is a tomorrow that is now, and a tomorrow which is later." (Tanchuma Bo 13 and Rashi on Exodus 13:14).

2 - In all, twelve war criminals were sentenced to hang, but one committed suicide ahead of time, and the other was convicted in absentia, leaving ten Nazi war criminals to correspond to the ten sons of Haman.

3 - 21 Tishrei, 5707 was Hoshana Raba, the day when God's Yom Kippur judgments are sealed and made final.

4 - Streicher shouted Purimfest 1946.

Cold water
1 - In 9:13 Esther is simply asking that the dead sons of Haman be allowed to remain on the gallows as a warning. She isn't asking to kill them again. She is asking the King to let them hang for another day.

2 - God's verdicts are sealed on Hoshana Rabba only for the baynonim, those who are neither fully righteous nor fully evil. Were the Nazi leaders baynonin?

3 - The taf-shin-zayin combination only equals 707. The millennium (5000) is not indicated.

4 - There are at least three traditions of large and small letters in the names of Haman's sons. The Yeminites, for example, have no small zayin.

[Hat tip Western Jew.
Related: The Famous Code in Megillas Esther]

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