A couple of thoughts for Purim
A happy Purim to all my Jewish readers. The arrival of Purim reminded me of a couple of things. Purim is the Jewish festival when (as at Halloween) children (and some adults) dress up in silly costumes and play tricks. Now last Halloween, Bonni Benstock_Intall (echoing a report in Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper) was shocked that two British college students had dressed up as the Twin Towers. And her commenters went even further, calling for them to be punched or killed, calling them whores, blaming it on their education and the fact that they obviously didn't know anyone who had ever died in a Islamic terror attack.
Why do I mention it now? because last Purim (i.e. seven months earlier) two Israeli kids had dressed up in very similar costumes (better jetliners, less accurate fenestration) for Purim. Funny how Bonni didn't notice that: it caused rather a stir in the Israeli press. What with Bonni being Jewish and all that, you'd think she might have had something to say. I mean, these kids must be the kind of leftist Jews she hates so much. Of course, it could just be that she'ls no more Jewish than I am, and said nothing because she doesn't actually read anything coming from Israel, just the Hasbara she's supplied with by her employers.
The other thing that occurred to me is that Purim is a festival all about the story of Esther and Mordechai. The tombs of these two Old Testament characters (Esther has a whole book named after her) are in Iran, where they are a major pilgrimage site for that country's 25,000 or so Jews. Here is a fascinating article about it. While in Iran they don't go in for the slutty costumes in vogue elsewhere, they don't dress up as the WTC either. And they do get drunk.