Jewish religion is a fascinating thing. It is an exciting religion that is constantly filled with inspiring ideas that can literally change the way you think.
Long ago, in the city of Shushan, a man named Haman wanted to kill the entire Jewish people. Haman tricked the king into signing off that Haman can carry out this evil act. But miraculously, in the blink of an eye, God turned everything upside down. And the Jewish people were saved. They went from mourning to rejoicing faster than can humanly be understood. One second they were supposed to be killed, and the next second God changed everything. In Hebrew, it is called “v’nahafoch hu,” meaning “it was turned upside down.” That concept is a main theme of the holiday. It is not a foreign concept that has no implication nowadays. In fact, this idea is very much a part of what we are supposed to gain from Purim.
Purim is one of the most fun and unique holidays in the Jewish religion. But aside from its excitement, there is so much depth and inspiration that can change anyone’s life. Just like the “fate” of the Jews flipped and God saved them instantaneously, so too, the Rabbis teach us that this is “still in the air every year.” Every person has his own challenges and things he struggles with. And on Purim, each person has the opportunity to turn to God and pray for the same instant salvation that the Jewish people experienced thousands of years ago. We can all ask for “v’nahafoch hu” in our lives as well.
You can hear even more about the Purim story and its inspiring ideas here.