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FIRE PROTECTION

Dear Editor:

Every house should have a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen in case of fire. We need to do the hishtadlus and protect our homes and families from fires. Also, it is of utmost importance for everyone to have a smoke detector.

Thanks,

Yossi Firestone

Editor’s Note: I agree. So does the fire department.

GREAT QUESTION

Dear Editor:

Great job last week on your question of the week: What would you name Haman’s horse. I really like the answers given by Rabbi YY Rubenstein and Suchy Klein. I am surprised more people didn’t come up with Obama as the answer. In our generation what more appropriate name for Haman’s horse than the man who symbolized anti-Semitism in the White House.

M.K.

Editor’s Note: I’m sure there’ll be plenty more clever answers to come.


POLL

Dear Editor:

I was wondering if you can run this poll. What is the strangest thing you received as Mishloach Manos?

Yenti Schwartz

Editor’s Note: I’ll give the first answer: I got a bottle of prune juice!

BEHAVE LIKE A
GENTLEMAN

Dear Editor:

Rabbi Miller upon being asked if one should “act” in a fine manner he responded “ it’s better to “deceive” people by behaving like a gentlemen rather than showing your true character by behaving in an ungentlemanly manner.

Is this the way of the world that we are constantly faking??

Sora S

Editor’s Note: Mitoch shelo leshma, ba leshma. If you do it long enough it won’t be an act.

AFFORDABLE
PURCHASES

Dear Editor:

I heard that Bingo was selling shtreimlach for $499.00. Can Bingo start selling sheitlach? How about Borsalinos? Kudos to Bingo for making items affordable.

A BP shopper

Editor’s Note: I think you should call Bingo and suggest it. They may take your idea and run with it!

TEN SONS OF
HAMAN

Dear Editor:

Referring to the letter comparing Nazis to Haman, there is a well-documented connection, made by Julius Streicher himself right before he was hanged.

Here are links to two articles about it that I found by googling purimfest 1946. 

https://ohr.edu/3440

Excerpts:

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.’

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.

He left out that the Vov of Vayzasa is large, indicating the sixth millennium, i.e., 5707.

I also read somewhere that Goering, the eleventh one who committed suicide in his cell, was a trans-dresser, and he corresponded to Haman’s daughter who jumped off the roof when she realized that the man, upon whom she had emptied the chamber pot, was her father.

ZF, Kew Gardens

Editor’s Note: Thank you, that was very informative.

OUTRAGEOUS PRICES

Dear Editor:

This morning I went to Shoprite in Boro Park. I passed by the Passover section. You should have seen the outrageous prices! I understand now why the producers of these items are earning 60% of their annual profits. There is one solution: for people to buy less and not buy from one company and the prices will come down.

Moshe Bagdaddi

Editor’s Note: There is no question that making Pesach requires extra expenditures. There are more mashgichim needed and more kashuring to be done. Production does cost more. Therefore the products cost more. I don’t believe you would complain that kosher food costs more than treife food.

HAMAN’S HORSE

Dear Editor:

I saw your question regarding naming Haman’s horse. I never knew that we name horses. Do you think the milk you drink comes from a cow with a name? I feel that horse of Haman is getting too much attention The question that should be asked is, Who is the horse and who is the rider?” Maybe they are one and the same.

Berel Fields

Editor’s Note:  It sounds like you drank too much. Stop horsing around.