On Measuring Compassion

On Measuring Compassion

Scripture Reading: Esther Reveals Haman’s Plot / The Feast of Purim Inaugurated

The very last couple of lines of the scripture reading refer to a tradition that is still carried on to this day. Our story this morning, from the book of Esther, is certainly most familiar to modern-day Jews as it is part of the larger story, as Paul alluded to, that led to the ancient Jewish festival known as Purim. Next to Chanukah and Passover, the Feast of Purim is quite possibly the most celebrated holiday to practicing Jews to this day. …[Purim] reinforces a core conviction, and the strong tradition, of remembering the poor, of practicing compassion, because part of what has come out of this story, and part of the tradition that goes along with Purim, is helping those who are less fortunate.