Monday, March 09, 2009

Purim in Israel or the balancing act between life and certain death

I searched through my computer files looking for a perfect picture to post for Purim in Israel and found this one.

Someone sent it to me from Israel years ago and while I saved the picture to my computer I can't find the original email nor did I save any particulars about the picture. If anyone knows - leave me a comment so I can give credit where due.

Some liken Purim as the Jewish Halloween and while I understand the obvious parallels - owing to the dressing in costumes and giving out candy, Purim is not about spirits and goblins or scaring the spirits away. It is one of the few happy religious festivals in the Jewish calendar.


Comrade Tovya said...

I've seen that one before.

Some Jihadist on Flickr posted it with the following caption:

"Gay-terrorist settlers carrying guns to kill Palestinian women and children"

Kateland, aka TZH said...

Well, Comrade, I personally love this picture. It seems to capture so much of the life and joy of Israel, and yet, hints that despite the excesses of the moment, an Israeli is prepared to make a stand at a moment’s notice. This is not the grim humorless sabras of years gone-by, and in the height of frivolity which masks Purim; you find a Jewish soldier dressed in ballerina clothes…what could be more disarming, and yet, at the same time - so very deadly? It is most misfortunate….or perhaps it is for the best to lead or lures one’s enemies into underestimating who they fight, nu?

Comrade Tovya said...

I agree--I think it's wonderful really.

I just mentioned the caption because I nearly died laughing when I saw it. It never fails to amaze me how dumb our enemies can be sometimes.

Boruch Hashem--in all things good and bad, but especially for small-minded foes. :-)