Purim for Cats

The Gemara is incredible, it have everything in it. Such as:
Gemara Megillah 6B: Germanya,[Germany] a royal province of Edom; who, if they would but go forth, would destroy the entire world.
This was written 1500 years ago!
Gemara Megillah 6B Germanya,[Germany] a royal province of Edom; who, if they would but go forth, would destroy the entire world.

Gemara Megillah 6B: Germanya, a royal province of Edom; who, if they would but go forth, would destroy the entire world.

The Gemara is the component of the Talmud comprising rabbinical analysis of and commentary on the Mishnah. After the Mishnah was published by Judah HaNasi (c. 200 CE), the work was studied exhaustively by generation after generation of rabbis in Babylonia and the Land of Israel. Their discussions were written down in a series of books that became the Gemara, which when combined with the Mishnah constituted the Talmud.
The Talmud Bavli was published about 500 CE by scholars of Babylonia, primarily of the academies of Sura, Pumbedita, and Mata Mehasia. By convention, a reference to the “Gemara” or “Talmud,” without further qualification, refers to the Babylonian version, see Talmud
A prayer at the Hurva Synagogue in November 1942. The picture shows the Admor of Gur, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter.

A prayer at the Hurva Synagogue in November 1942. The picture shows the Admor of Gur, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter.

Esther – Chapter 4:1  אוּמָרְדֳּכַי יָדַע אֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה וַיִּקְרַע מָרְדֳּכַי אֶת בְּגָדָיו וַיִּלְבַּשׁ שַׂק וָאֵפֶר וַיֵּצֵא בְּתוֹךְ הָעִיר וַיִּזְעַק זְעָקָה גְדוֹלָה וּמָרָה:And Mordecai knew all that had transpired, and Mordecai rent his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and he went out into the midst of the city and cried [with] a loud and bitter cry.   

2415 Years later: The first concrete news describing the final solution came to the attention of the heads of the Jewish community through Chaim Barlas, a representative of the Jewish Agency in Geneva, August 1942.

In Eretz Israel:When The Gedolim גדולים found out they prayed and fasted; then Institutions of the Yishuv declare three days of mourning from 30November1942 – 2December1942.

The handbill below express the reaction of the Yishuv to the events in Europe after receiving the news of the Holocaust from different sources. These news were mentioned in correspondence between different people and institutions – like the presidency of the Rescue Committee, that were published in local newspapers, also kept in The Archives.

Three days of mourning for the victims of the atrocities perpetrated in Europe, Tel-Aviv. 30.11.1942 – 2.12.1942

Three days of mourning for the victims of the atrocities perpetrated in Europe, Tel-Aviv. 30.11.1942 – 2.12.1942

An announcement of the Haifa Jewish Community Committee declaring 3 days of events against the Nazi inferno: including a day of fast and prayer, a day of cessation from work and a public protest assembly, 1942

An announcement of the Haifa Jewish Community Committee declaring 3 days of events against the Nazi inferno: including a day of fast and prayer, a day of cessation from work and a public protest assembly, 1942

Because of the 3 days of Prayers and Fasting in the Yishuv (Eretz Israel),This was prevented:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia;Egypt during World War II

  The German’s strategic goal of slicing through Egypt, capturing the Suez Canal, enter the British Mandate of Palestine, activate an Arab uprising against the British [with the help of The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammad Amin al-Husayni uncle to Yasser Arafat  of the PLO –Ed:], and finally link up with German forces thrusting south from Southern Russia was stopped.

If the famous German air power (If Italy could do it in 1940 just imagine what Germany could do) and other resources were used, just imagine what the world would be like.
To see what would have resulted with  General Erwn Rommel’s victory just Read Phillip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle. After that there would be a Nazi Atomic Angst.(see any Classic SCi-Fi B Movies of the 50s) and Germanya, a royal province of Edom; who, if they would but go forth, would destroy the entire world.

Background:Adolf Hitler sent his army to North Africa starting in February 1941. Nazi Germany’s General Erwin Rommel’s Deutsches Afrikakorps coming from victories at Tobruk in Libya, and in a classic blitzkrieg, comprehensively outfought British forces. Within weeks the British had been pushed back into Egypt.
Rommel’s offensive was eventually stopped at the small railway halt of El Alamein, just 150 miles from Cairo.

Himmler’s telegram to the Mufti on the common war of Nazis and Arabs against Jews

“To the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini

The great Nazi-socialist movement of Great Germany has, from its inception, rebuffed its struggle against world Jewry.

For this reason, it closely follows the struggle of the freedom-loving Arabs – especially in Palestine – against the Jewish invaders.

The common recognition of the enemy, and the joint struggle against it, are what form the solid foundation between Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims all over the world.

In this spirit, I am happy to wish you the anniversary of the unfortunate Balfour Declaration, warm wishes for your continued struggle until the great victory.

SS Commander in the Reich, Heinrich Himmler ”
Himmler's telegram to the Mufti on the common war of Nazis and Arabs against Jews

Himmler's telegram to the Mufti on the common war of Nazis and Arabs against Jews

Believed to have been sent in 1943

Heinrich Himmler’s letter to Haj Amin al-Husseini.
You can be sure that no Arab in the 1940s would ever protest against Nazi Germany by claiming that they were only against “Zionists,” not Jews.

The language of this letter is identical to the language used in Arab media to this day about Jewish “usurpers” in the land of Israel.

JerusalemCats Comments: When anyone calls the Jews “Intruders”, just give them a rousing  “Sieg Heil!” and say “Heinrich Himmler said the same thing, Nazi Scum!” Then take any action against these Nazi Scum.

An example of how American Orthodox Rabbis helped the Jews in Europe – 1943

Proverbs: 28:4 Those who forsake the Torah praise the wicked, and those who adhere to Torah contend with them

The Historic Rabbis March On Washington – 1943 [Video removed by YouTube]

The Rabbis’ March was a demonstration in support of American and allied action to stop the destruction of European Jewry. It took place in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 1943, three days before Yom Kippur. It was organized by Hillel Kook, nephew of the chief rabbi of Mandatory Palestine and head of the Bergson Group, and involved more than 400 rabbis, mostly members of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada.

At the time, the (Reform Jewish owned) NY Times, intentionally downplayed reports of the industrial mass murder of millions of European Jews. (Only to apologize in 1996). That very day prestigious members of the Reform movement, including the famous Rabbi Stephen Wise, petitioned FDR to IGNORE these Old World Jews claiming they “were not representative” of American Jewry. Wise went on to accuse the bearded Jews in caftans and skullcaps of “offending the dignity of [the Jewish] people.” Taking his cues from Wise and many other prominent Reform Jews, FDR snubbed them and slipped out the back door to an insignificant “meeting”.

History will show the results of this action. The Orthodox Jews in Eretz Israel have grown and the Reform Jews in America are dying out.

THE PURIM KABBALAH CODE

The Purim Codes

[adapted from Keeping Posted with NCSY, Fall 1999 edition and also from Torah.org article by Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld]

There is a famous “code” in Megillat Esther :- towards the end of the story, King Ahashveirosh allows the Jews to avenge themselves of their enemies on the 13th day of Adar. In Shushan, the capital, the Jews kill 500 men and hang Haman’s ten sons on a gallows. Queen Esther then approaches the King with an additional request: “…allow the Jews who are in Shushan to do tomorrow as they did today, and let the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows” [Esther 9:13]. It’s curious that she would request the hanging of Haman’s already slain sons. Nevertheless, the King complies.

The Hebrew word for “tomorrow” (“machar”) occasionally refers to the distant future. Further, the Sages tell us that whenever the word “king” appears in the Megillah it alludes to the King of kings as well. Thus, the verse could be understood as a request by Esther to G-d to again hang the ten sons of Haman at some point in the distant future. Now, when the Megillah lists the ten sons of Haman during their hanging [Esther 9:7-9] there are a number of unusually-sized letters. (There is a tradition to write certain letters in the Torah larger or smaller than the standard size.)

According to the most accepted tradition, there is a large ‘vav’ [numerical value = 6] and a small ‘tav’ [400], ‘shin’ [300] and ‘zayin’ [7]. The following suggestion has been made: The large vav refers to the sixth millennium (of the Hebrew calendar); the small letters refer to year 707 of that millennium. The meaning, then, is that G-d agreed to hang Haman’s ten sons again in the year 5707 = 1946-7.

When listing the ten sons of Haman who were hanged [Esther 9:6-10], three letters, namely Taf, Shin, and Zayin, are written smaller than the rest (most printed texts reflect this; if yours doesn’t, look in another). The commentaries offer no explanation for this other than that it is a prophecy. The letters “Taf-Shin-Zayin” represent the Hebrew year 5707, corresponding to the secular year 1946-47.

On October 16, 1946 (21 Tishrei, 5707) ten convicted Nazi war criminals were hanged in Nuremberg. (An eleventh, Hermann Goering, a transvestite, committed suicide in his cell. The Midrash tells us that Haman also had a daughter who committed suicide.) As if the parallel were not obvious enough without further corroboration, Nazi Julius Streicher’s last words were: “Purimfest 1946”. (In case you question the accuracy of Streicher’s last words, they are are well-documented; they appeared in Newsweek, October 28, 1946.)

It is fairly safe to assume that (a) Streicher did not know about the three small letters in the Megilla, (b) he did not know that these letters corresponded to the year in which he was being hanged, and (c) even had he known, he would have had no motivation to reinforce the validity of Jewish texts, traditions, or prophecies. One could not ask for a more independent confirmation of the all encompassing knowledge to be found in the Sifrei Tanach.

Rabbi Weissmandl – a great Hungararian scholar and holocaust survivor – made a number of findings concerning Megillat Esther using skip distances of 12,111 letters – the exact number of letters in Megillat Esther. If one starts with the first regular mem (as opposed to the “final mem” ) in Bereishis 4:14, where the name Esther (vocalized differently) appears for the only time in the Torah, and count at intervals of 12,111 letters, one finds spelled out the phrase “Megillat Esther.” Coincidence? I think not.


For the week ending 22 March 2008 / 15 Adar II 5768 https://ohr.edu/holidays/purim/deeper_insights/3440

Purim – History Repeats Itself

by Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair – www.seasonsofthemoon.com
On 1 October 1946, after 216 court sessions, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg delivered its verdicts sentencing the leaders of the Nazi party to death by hanging. The author of the following account, Kingsbury Smith of the International News Service, was chosen by lot to represent the American press at the execution of ten of those leaders.

NurembergGaol, Germany
16 October 1946
International News Service

…Julius Streicher made his melodramatic appearance at 2:12 a.m.

While his manacles were being removed and his bare hands bound, this ugly, dwarfish little man, wearing a threadbare suit and a well-worn bluish shirt buttoned to the neck but without a tie (he was notorious during his days of power for his flashy dress), glanced at the three wooden scaffolds rising menacingly in front of him. Then he glanced around the room, his eyes resting momentarily upon the small group of witnesses. By this time, his hands were tied securely behind his back. Two guards, one on each arm, directed him to Number One gallows on the left of the entrance. He walked steadily the six feet to the first wooden step but his face was twitching.

As the guards stopped him at the bottom of the steps for identification formality he uttered his piercing scream: ‘Heil Hitler!’

The shriek sent a shiver down my back.

As its echo died away an American colonel standing by the steps said sharply, ‘Ask the man his name.’ In response to the interpreter’s query Streicher shouted, ‘You know my name well.’

The interpreter repeated his request and the condemned man yelled, ‘Julius Streicher.’

As he reached the platform Streicher cried out, ‘Now it goes to G-d.’ He was pushed the last two steps to the mortal spot beneath the hangman’s rope. The rope was being held back against a wooden rail by the hangman.

Streicher was swung suddenly to face the witnesses and glared at them. Suddenly he screamed, ‘Purim Fest 1946.’ [Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrated in the spring, commemorating the execution of Haman, ancient persecutor of the Jews described in the Old Testament]…

Streicher had been a Nazi since early in the movement’s history. He was the editor and publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper “Das Strummer.” In May of 1924 Streicher wrote and published an article on Purim titled “Das Purimfest” (The Festival of Purim). In order to publish his vitriolic attack Streicher must have had a good deal of knowledge about Jewish thought and practice. However we can only speculate to what extent he was aware of the remarkable parallels between Haman and his own execution. However, they are indeed striking:

“And the king said to Esther the queen, ‘The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the capital, and the ten sons of Haman…Now whatever your petition, it shall be granted; whatever your request further, it shall be done.’

Then said Esther, ‘If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews that are in Shushan to do tomorrow also as this day, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.’ ” (Esther 9:12-14)

If Haman’s ten sons had already been killed, how could they hanged?

Our Sages comment on the word “tomorrow” in Esther’s request: “There is a tomorrow that is now, and a tomorrow which is later.” (Tanchuma, Bo 13 and Rashi, Shemot 13:14).

In the Megilla, the names of Haman’s ten sons are written very large and in two columns. This is in distinct contrast to the style of the rest of the Megilla. The left-hand column contains the word v’et (and) ten times. According to our Sages the word v’et is used to denote replication. The inference is that another ten people were hanged in addition to Haman’s ten sons.

If we examine the list of Haman’s sons three letters are written smaller: the taf of Parshandata, the shin of Parmashta and the zayin of Vizata.

Those three letters together form taf-shin-zayin, the last three numbers of the Jewish year 5707, which corresponds to the secular year 1946, the year that those ten Nazi criminals were executed.

The Nuremberg trials were a military tribunal and thus the method of execution was usually by firing squad. The court, however, prescribed hanging. Esther’s request “Let Haman’s ten sons be hanged” echoes down the ages,

Equally uncanny is that the date of the execution (October 16, 1946) fell on “Hoshana Rabba” (21 Tishrei), the day on which G-d seals the verdicts of Rosh Hashana for the coming year.

As the Megilla recounts, a decree that the king has sealed cannot be rescinded, and thus Achashverosh had to promulgate a second decree to allow the Jewish People to defend themselves. In other words, that first decree was never nullified.

Our Sages teach us that eventually the Jewish People will return to G-d either voluntarily, or if not, G-d will raise up another despot whose decrees will be “as severe as Haman” (Sanhedrin 97b).

When we look toward the place of our original encounter with Haman and see the rise of a fanatic whose rhetoric rivals our most vicious enemies, we should remember that history most often repeats itself for those who fail to learn its lessons.

Purim: The Evil Haman or the Bright Light

Megillah 16B: The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor. R' Yehudah said: Light refers to Torah;- and so it says: For the commandment is a lamp; and Torah is light. - Gladness refers to the holiday. and so it says: You shall be glad on your holiday [Shabbat & Yom Tom]. - Joy refers to Circumcision; - and so it says: I rejoice over Your word. - Honor refers to Tefillin; - and so it says: All the nations of the world will see that the name of G-d is called upon, and they will be in awe of you.

Megillah 16B: The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor. R’ Yehudah said: Light refers to Torah;- and so it says: For the commandment is a lamp; and Torah is light. – Gladness refers to the holiday. and so it says: You shall be glad on your holiday [Shabbat & Yom Tom]. – Joy refers to Circumcision; – and so it says: I rejoice over Your word. – Honor refers to Tefillin; – and so it says: All the nations of the world will see that the name of G-d is called upon, and they will be in awe of you.

In the first Purim Haman gave King Achashverosh 15 Million silver Shekels (240 Million Grams of Silver ~$127.39 Million*) for the right to kill the Jews. (Megillah 13b-14a) With Obama and Ahmadinejad, who is Haman and who is King Achashverosh

*(Artscroll Megillah 16a note 17 – 600,000 Men over 20 who left Egypt X 50 – 1/2 shekels/male Jew X 16 Grams of Silver/Shekels)
One compared the Jews to a mound of dirt (Ahmadinejad) and the other to a ditch (Obama) in their field. Both needed their field to be level.

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Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists

By Bill Gertz – – Wednesday, February 7, 2018 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/7/inside-the-ring-obama-era-cash-traced-to-iran-back/

The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.

According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The U.S. money supplied to Iran as part of an arms settlement dating back to the 1970s also has been traced to Iran’s backing of Houthi rebels seeking to take power in Yemen. Iran has been supporting the Yemen rebels as part of a bid to encircle and eventually take control of Saudi Arabia. …

And Now for Something Completely Different

    After you have:

  • Given Tzedakah צדקה‎ (Charity to the poor),
  • Listened to the Megillah reading Twice-Night and Morning,
  • Given the equivalent monetary amount of a silver 1/2 Shekel (approximately eight grams of silver),$3.61
  • Given food to the Poor and given Mishloach manot משלוח מנות‎ Purim baskets delivered to at lest two people.
  • Then had your Purim Sudah in the Afternoon unless it is on Friday in which you should have it around Noon.
  • Then you can have so fun:

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – Purim – 2016

 

Confuse-A-Cat ~ Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Move to Israel, Get a Free Degree

This is why we need the IDF


Life in Israel: Gaza Rockets Interrupt Wedding in Ashdod
Published on Jul 8, 2014

Gaza rockets fall in the middle of wedding ceremony and send the guests running for shelter on July 8, 2014. Since the beginning of the year, Gaza terrorists have fired over 450 rockets towards Israeli citizens.


A Guided Tour Inside A Hamas Terror Tunnel
Published on Sep 2, 2014Lt. Libby Weiss from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit gives an exclusive look into one of Hamas’ terror tunnels, near Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha.
For an in-depth explanation of Operation Protective Edge:
http://www.idfblog.com/operationgaza2…

JerusalemCats Comment: To the BDS Nazis and their supporters:
You have no idea how evil the terrorist are that you are supporting.

  • They will kidnap your children,
  • They will murder your children,
  • They will murder you anywhere in the world,
  • Whatever Race or Color,
  • Man or Woman,
  • Gay or Straight,
  • Rich or Poor,
  • Liberal or Conservative,
  • Democrat or Republican.
  • It does not matter what they call themselves – Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah or ISIS, They are all the same.

Mayim Achronim

Uncovering the depths of Torah wisdom

The Secret, Secret Story of Stalin’s Purim Death

The Secret, Secret Story of Stalin’s Purim Death

Josef Stalin in 1920

Josef Stalin in 1920

(https://www.mayimachronim.com/the-secret-secret-story-of-stalins-purim-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-secret-secret-story-of-stalins-purim-death)– לעילוי נשמת אמנון בן אסתר –

On the night of March 1st, 1953, when Jews around the world had just finished celebrating Purim, attendants of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin found him laying semi-conscious on the floor of his bedroom. He was sick and hemorrhaging blood for the next several days until finally dying on the 5th of March. His death was announced to the public the following day. While most Jews around the world were probably jubilant at the news, little could they know of the incredible events—both political and spiritual—which were transpiring in the fateful days before.

A couple of months earlier, on the 9th of January, state-owned mouthpiece Pravda published a propaganda article about a “Doctor’s Plot” to secretly poison top Soviet leaders, including Stalin. Six of the named doctors were Jewish, and the others were supposedly Jewish-Zionist sympathizers, working together with American spies to destroy the Soviet Union. The article said:

The majority of the participants of the terrorist group… recruited by a branch-office of American intelligence, the international Jewish bourgeois-nationalist organization called “Joint”. The filthy face of this Zionist spy organization, covering up their vicious actions under the mask of charity, is now completely revealed…

Not surprisingly, a huge wave of anti-Semitism spread across the Soviet Union. Stalin used this as a pretext to order the construction of four new concentration camps in Kazakhstan and Siberia, arguing that he will gather Soviet Jews there, “for their own protection”, to save them from angry Russian mobs. Stalin’s real intent was to finish what Hitler had started. Records suggest that the deportations were set to begin on March 6th, 1953—ironically, the same day his death was announced. After his death, Stalin’s successors quickly absolved the doctors of any wrongdoing and buried the Doctors’ Plot for good. Stalin’s impending holocaust was scrapped. Millions of Jews across the Soviet Union (my family included), were saved—a Purim miracle. But there is much, much more to the story.

My grandfathers, David Palvanov (1915-1985), left, and Anton Amnon Mirzayev (1920-1981, whose 40th yahrzeit is this Sunday, the 9th of Adar), Red Army veterans of World War II, who served with distinction in both the European and Pacific Theatres.

My grandfathers, David Palvanov (1915-1985), left, and Anton Amnon Mirzayev (1920-1981, whose 40th yahrzeit is this Sunday, the 9th of Adar), Red Army veterans of World War II, who served with distinction in both the European and Pacific Theatres.

The Rebbe’s Farbrengen

Back in New York City, on March 1st, 1953, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was starting a motzei-Purim farbrengen. In his discourse, the Rebbe recounted how when the czar was deposed in 1917, the Rebbe Rashab (Sholom Dov Ber, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1860-1920) urged his followers to go vote. After voting, one simple Hasid saw some Russians shouting hoora! and joined in as well, thinking they meant hu-ra (הוא רע), “he is evil!”—happy that the evil, anti-Semitic czars that had caused the Jews so much anguish were finally gone. Bizarrely, the Rebbe (the seventh one, that is) started to shout hu-ra, too, and repeated the same story three separate times, each concluding with more hu-ra’s. No one in the room understood what was going on. They assumed the Rebbe had done a spiritual rectification of some sort.

A farbrengen with the Lubavitcher Rebbe in the early 1950s

A farbrengen with the Lubavitcher Rebbe in the early 1950s

Nothing more was said of the Rebbe’s strange actions until March 6th, when Stalin’s death was announced. Turns out, at the same time that the Rebbe was making his hu-ra’s—while recounting the fall of an old anti-Semitic Russian dictator—the contemporary anti-Semitic Russian dictator, Stalin, had collapsed in his room and was writhing in pain. It was only then that the Hasidim that were with the Rebbe on the night of March 1st began to piece together what had happened. Did the Rebbe put an end to Stalin? Well, not directly; the Rebbe was no assassin! (Not even a spiritual one.) So, what was really going on that night of March 1st?

Stalin’s Purim Feast

While Jews around the world were enjoying their Purim feast, Stalin was getting together for a feast of his own back in Moscow. As recounted in Stalin’s Last Crime (written by Russian historian Vladimir Naumov and Yale professor Jonathan Brent), in his last dinner Stalin was accompanied by secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria, Georgi Malenkov, Nikita Khrushchev (his soon-to-be successor) and Nikolai Bulganin. Appropriately (being Purim and all), the five got drunk, and many scholars believe that Beria slipped Stalin a poison. Despite being discovered later that night, investigations showed that no doctor was called in until the following day. High-ranking Soviet diplomat Vyacheslav Molotov (1890-1986, of “Molotov cocktail” fame) would recall in his memoirs that Beria boasted about how he managed to terminate Stalin: “I did him in! I saved all of you!” Altogether, the evidence is very strong that Stalin’s own inner circle killed him. Why?

For Stalin, the Doctor’s Plot was only the start of something much bigger. As we saw from the Pravda article above, Stalin had tied the doctors to American agents in Moscow. His plans were to accuse the US of plotting to nuke Moscow, and he supposedly had proof from a spy captured and interrogated in 1951. Stalin was gearing up to spark World War III (and possibly drawing up plans for an attack on American soil). His inner circle knew that he had absolutely lost it. And Stalin knew that they did not support him anymore, so he planned another purge of the Communist Party to eliminate dissenters. This was confirmed in the 1956 “Secret Speech” given by Khrushchev, who said:

It is not excluded that had Stalin remained at the helm for another several months, Comrades Molotov and Mikoyan would probably have not delivered any speeches at this congress. Stalin evidently had plans to finish off the old members of the political bureau. He often stated that political bureau members should be replaced by new ones… We can assume that this was also a design for the future annihilation of the old political bureau members and in this way a cover for all shameful acts of Stalin, acts which we are now considering.

This is why Beria had boasted that he had saved his comrades. Khrushchev and the others were in on it. They got rid of Stalin just in time to avoid another Jewish holocaust, to save their own skin, and to prevent World War III. What they did was incredibly risky, and no doubt needed help from Above. The Rebbe must have sensed something going on in the Heavens, and perhaps really did play some spiritual role in the plan’s success.

Indeed, it was a great miracle that the plan succeeded. That it happened on Purim specifically is certainly no coincidence. After all, Purim is all about how the Jews avoided a holocaust in the nick of time: “…on the very day when the enemies of the Jews sought to dominate them, v’nahafokh hu”—everything was turned upside down and the Jews were saved instead. On the very day Stalin planned to start deporting Jews, his death was announced instead.

And Purim is about the defeat of Amalek which, like Communism, is that atheistic force in the universe seeking to undermine Godliness at every opportunity. The Communists tried so hard to expunge religion that they even attempted to change their calendar to a five-day week so that there could be no commemoration of the Sabbath! Thankfully, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, right at the moment when the Messianic Age was set to begin according to ancient prophecy (as explained here). However, Communism is not quite dead, and the forces of Amalek continue to rear their ugly heads around the world today. And so, we continue to read Parashat Zachor each year before Purim, as we will this Shabbat, to remind ourselves that there is yet work to be done until we can celebrate Amalek’s final defeat. May we merit to see it soon

 

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