These Gemara teachings focus on the story of Purim. They feature an in-depth study of the Talmudic expositions of our Sages on the verses of the biblical Scroll of Esther.
Tractate Megillah, Page 16a “DOWNFALL”
This Episode comes directly on the heels of what may well been the most remarkable Horse-Riding Pageant in Persian History. Here are some salient details:
Following a sleepless night, Persia’s Prime Minister — a raging and murderous anti-Semite — sees his homicidal plans shockingly boomerang. Under great royal duress, instead of gleefully hanging his Jewish nemesis, he was forced to humble and publicly ingratiate himself before him.
His incredibly harrowing, gut-wrenching day of personally waiting on, grooming and leading Mordechai the Jew through the teeming streets of the Nation’s Capital become unimaginably more wretched when his daughter mistakenly showered him with sewage. And then, in her ensuing grief, committed suicide before his very eyes!
This narrative of his public shame and degradation is immediately followed with the Megillah record of Mordechai’s “returning” to his former location. Clearly an important message is was encoded here. The big question is: What is it?!
Solving that mystery is our first order of business. And, once it’s decoded, the stage will be set for the focus of this deeply insightful episode — as the spotlight returns to Haman the Horrible, villain of the Purim story.
He gathers his friends who suddenly seem very wise. No, they say, this is just a career impediment or even temporary implosion. It’s going to be most extreme, and by Divine Design!
The Hate-filled Prime Minister who plotted Genocide against World Jewry was still reeling in shock when he is whisked off to a Royal Party he could do without. He is having a very bad bout of luck. But is his luck about to run out?
Discover how wicked can be wise, when history becomes your teacher as Persia’s PM is soon going to sink into Sands of Time!
This fascinating and little-known subtext of the biblical story is shocking, surprising, inspirational, and hilarious — all at once. Best of all, this stunning story of Miraculous Turnabout is literally filled with insightful information and important Lessons for Life!
This Episode is 45th in a continuing study-series of Masechet Megillah, Chapter One.
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