Wednesday, March 16, 2011

the courage of one

Have you noticed that there is a rather unbalanced ratio of heroes to heroines in the Bible? This doesn't bother me at all - but it does make those few women stand out all the more. In March every year, Jews and many Christians around the world celebrate the courage of one of these women: Hadassah, or Esther. She risked her life to save her people, and the Lord's wonderful deliverance of her and the people is commemorated in the festival of Purim. We've celebrated this holiday for....a long time. I think Titty was two when we did the first time, so that was about 9 or 10 years ago. Anyway, Purim has always held a special place in our festival calendar.


Over Christmas/Hanukkah, many of our friends and ourselves got hooked on the Maccabeat's song "Candlelight" (you can read about it in this post here) Well, they've done it again, this time with a song just in time for Purim! Have fun with this one too - lots of little visual allusions back to "Candlelight", so be sure you've seen both if you want to get the full fun out of "Purim" :)



Purim
Stand stand for a tale so grand
Shushan is the place where it all began
The hidden miracle

One man, second in command
Slay all the Jews was his wicked plan
A scheme so miserable

He chose a day for the disaster
It’s ironic what came after
He didn’t know a girl named Esther
Would turn it upside down

So raise your glass if you can see the hidden meaning
It's right in front of you
We will never be never be anything but proud to tell the story
V'nahafoch hu (it was turned upside down)
Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass
just come on and come on and raise your glass

Esther became the queen
Cuz’ God was pulling strings from behind the scenes
She wore the royal crown

Three days the Jews just prayed,
Queen Esther risked her life went to save the day
She took Haman down

The streets were filled with celebration
Everyone ate Hamantashen
Jubilation for the nation
Ken tihiyeh lanu… (So should it be for us)

So raise your glass if you can see the hidden meaning
It's right in front of you
We will never be never be anything but proud to tell the story
V'nahafoch hu
Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass
Just come on and come on and raise your glass

So get your costumes on
Make noise and drown out Haman
Don’t drink like a fool
And remember and remember
What the day’s about…

So raise your glass if you see God in hidden places,
He's right in front of you,
We will never be never be anything but proud to tell our story
V'nahafoch hu

So raise your glass if you can see the hidden meaning,
It's right in front of you,
We will never be never be anything but proud to tell the story
V'nahafoch hu
Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass
just come on and come on and raise your glass…

Lyrics: David Block and Immanuel Shalev



(Lyrics © 2011 David Block and Immanuel Shalev)

4 comments:

  1. I have noticed the lack of female Biblical heroines...but you're right. It does make the few in there stick out even more as amazing people. Ellie asked once where all the girls were in the Bible:)

    Love ya,
    Nan

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  2. I. LOVE. THAT. SONG, Jo!! I had it in my head all day yesterday...isn't purim on the 19th this year, though?? I was gonna post the video on the 19th, but you beat me to it...oh, well...:P

    ~Vivi~

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  3. How about Rehab...or was it Rachel? Whoever it was that rescued those two spies from Jericho.

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  4. I agree with Nana (I always do, lol) There definitely aren't as many female heroines in the Bible, but that makes them all the more special. So many great Women of God have done amazing things, whether or not they wanted to. That's really admirable. There aren't as many girls as guys in the Bible, but every one of them counts.
    -Jocee <3

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