I think I hit a nice straight piece of track on my roller coaster today.  It was a calm day without any major bumps or dives.  Sure, there were a couple moments where I thought about Micah–but they were mainly neutral, just a sense of missing him followed by getting back to whatever I was doing.

Tonight is Purim.  It’s another relatively minor Jewish holiday celebrating the defeat of an enemy of the Jews.  Back in the day, Persia a dozen or so centuries ago, there was an evil man named Haman, a minister for King Ahasuerus, that wanted to wipe out all the Jews in Shushan, the capital, because they would not bow down to him.  A young Jewish woman named Esther had caught the King’s eye, and when he discovered that she was Jewish, and heard of Haman’s plan, had Haman killed instead.  This is a grand oversimplification of the events described in the Megillah, or the Story of Esther…

Anyhow, most Jews treat Purim kind of like Halloween.  Kids and adults come to the synagogue dressed in costumes to hear the reading of the Megillah.  There is much drinking involved (for adults only, of course), as I was once told, you’re supposed to get so drunk that by the end of the reading, you can’t tell the difference between the villain’s name (Haman) and the hero’s names.  Every time Haman’s name is read, the crowd uses noisemakers and boos to drown out his name.  Overall, it’s a pretty enjoyable evening…

To add to the enjoyment, synagogues frequently perform parody plays or musicals retelling the story, alongside the actual reading of the text.  These are called Purimspiels.  In the past, I’ve been involved in Purimspiels that were knockoffs of Broadway musicals and superhero themes.  This year, the theme was Disney…  So, Esther was “Belle Esther.”  Mordecai (Jewish soldier that helps alert the King to Haman’s plot) was the Lion King.  Since it’s now a Disney property, my small role became that of Darth Vader.  And Haman was Donald Duck Trump, complete with plans to build a wall around Shushan to keep the Jews out.

We all had a good time performing tonight…and many had an even better time drinking.  There was a small hiccup when I learned that one of Micah’s good friends (a young woman that was also involved in the Purimspiel tonight) had recently written a paper for her English class, discussing Dante’s Inferno by being taken on a tour of the afterlife by Micah.  I’ve known for some time that this wonderful young woman has also really been struggling with Micah’s loss.  Everyone deals with their loss in different ways.  I write these blogs, she wrote a paper with Micah giving her a tour around the afterlife.  I’m actually kind of anxious to read her paper and see what she thinks Micah is up to…

One small tech note today…but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s blog…

 

Good night everyone.  Good night Micah.  I love you.

David

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