Newsletter: Purim 2017



Dear friends,

Soon it will be Purim and our newsletter is all about this important feast. Israel has been saved by a woman, Esther, working together with her uncle Mordechai. Queen Vashti, wife of king Ahasuerus, did not want to bow to theorizer of the king to show herself on an important feast, in order for the king to steal the show wot her.Queen Vashti was dethroned because of her disobedience; and the king started looking for a new spouse.

The people of Israel have been trained – by keeping Torah – to be obedient to the Lord and is successful in it, at least partially. The willingness of our hearts to obeying G-d and serving Him is a step further. In serving we learn to to listen to His voice in our lives. Esther immediately knew deep in her heart that it was the Lord who called her to participate in the beauty contest organized by king Ahasuerus, risking she could become the new queen.

With all consequences regarding the worldly life awaiting her in a seraglio, a harem. She had a deeper understanding of urgency of participation, because the existence of her people was at stake. At the time there was much anti-semitism, just like nowadays. We the increase of it in many countries which is always startling. Israel will have to live with it, like we did in Persia, where it has been encouraged by the figure of Haman who awaited his opportunity to strike. As long Israel exists there have been people like Haman.

die het lot van Israël omkeerde ten goede! Dat Hij steeds weer zal doen.
Our newsletter shows the gladness of Purim stemming from the liberation of the people of G-d. Also the seriousness and fear are expressed in it, when a fresh wave of anti-semitism forces its way into countries like right now. It’s frightening for Jews. Esther fulfilled her task at the right moment at the time. But it has been a miracle of the Lord who turned the fate of Israel for the good. May He do this time and again!


WoV editor in chief

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