“I’ll take Purim for 800, Alex.” There’s meaning to every holiday, but sometimes it gets lost behind its symbols and traditions. Listen to this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, and you might even ace a Purim category on Jeopardy. From ooos and boos, noisemakers and baked goods, to the threat of destruction and profound deliverance, Purim has it all.
Join Carly and Ezra as they discuss the story, meaning and traditions of Purim – one of the most festive Jewish holidays on the calendar. You’ll hear:
Along the Way The conversation leads to all kinds of fun facts and meaningful insights, including:
• How rabbinical tradition gauges “celebrating well”
• The most common Purim tradition
• The saying that evolved into “the whole enchilada”
• Why retelling stories is a part of so many Jewish holidays
• A traditional, ancient Jewish curse (not that we endorse it) and what it has to do with Purim celebrations
• The historical pattern of “intended annihilation” followed by great deliverance of the Jewish people
• What “ears” have to do with Purim’s most famous baked treat
• The super-surprising number of times God is mentioned in the book of Esther
• God’s miraculous fingerprints all over the Purim story
Words You Might Learn in This Episode
Gragger, Megillah, Megillat Esther, pur, Purim, Hadassah, chag, Chag Purim, tsum, Tsum Esther, hamantaschen, oznei Haman, mohntaschen
Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
Esther 3:7, Esther 7:1–6, Esther 4:14, Esther 4:15–16, Jeremiah 25:11–12, Daniel 12:11, Luke 22:49–51
Previous Episodes Mentioned
Episode 26 – Why Purim is Such a Party
Watch the Hamantaschen Taste Test Video on YouTube
Ezra and Carly will be trying a popular Purim dessert blindfolded and on video so you can get their great reactions! Let’s see who can guess the flavor of the treats. Carly’s 0 for 2 in their holiday food taste tests. Can she beat Ezra this time?
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“But wait, there’s more!” That could have been a good title for this podcast conversation. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly dive into the reason why Jesus seemingly dawdled in going to His friend Lazarus after hearing he was dying. Mary and Martha had sent urgent word to Jesus to come and heal their brother, but Jesus didn’t even leave where He was for a few days. Why? He showed up “late,” and Lazarus was long dead. You may be familiar with the story and know that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. It’s a dramatic account and a pretty substantial reason for His initial delay, right? But wait, there’s more! More than you know. Carly and Ezra discuss: Was Jesus “late”? Why the fourth day of the story is so important to the Jewish audience and why it should be important for Christians too The Christian mindset and common takeaway from Lazarus’ resurrection How the four-day understanding relates to Jesus’ resurrection We can do the math, and Friday to Sunday doesn’t equal three days and three nights. What gives? An encouraging application for your everyday faith-life, gleaned from the Lazarus story Along the Way As they discuss, some pretty great insights emerge: Application vs. Interpretation How the meaning of the Lazarus story radically changes when you know the Jewish context – as Ezra would say, “Insert mind-blown emoticon here.” (It was a huge takeaway for Carly.) Don’t pass up these four words the apostle Paul used – they mean a ton! What the Day of Preparation is Ezra’s theory about Good Friday Watching out for Christianese and glossing over what the Bible actually says An appeal to our Jewish audience: If you’re going to do “this,” make sure ...
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