|A POEM ABOUT WEDNESDAY'S FAST DAY
FOR WORLD JEWRY:
by Rabbi Lau
|Just like Haman made a terrible decree,
To kill all the Jews as quick as can be.
They were terrorists of long ago
They plotted to kill every Jew, so does the story go.
But Esther stepped in to save the day.
She told all the Jews to fast and to pray.
The decree was annulled, G-D erased the bad plan.
Because all the Jews did the best that they can.
They wore sackcloth and ashes, they didn't eat for 3 days.
They asked G-D to intervene in their most fervent way.
Today the terrorists are not in Shushan but in Israel, our Land,
An evil people with Jewish blood on their hand.
They want each and every one of us killed at the first sight.
We here feel so helpless. What can we do for their plight?
But there is something we can do from so far away.
The same G-D from the Purim story is here today.
Another fast day has been declared for me and you.
Listen closely, this is what you can do.
On Wednesday, on March 13, you can fast all day,
On behalf of every Jew, for their welfare you can pray.
You may be really hungry, your stomach will call.
Your thirst may be strong, you want to drink it all.
You may be working hard, taking time off, you can't start.
But just stop for a moment and speak with your heart.
For your self-sacrifice, for the loss of nourishment that day,
For your prayers to G-D that you earnestly pray --
We should merit together helping our family in Israel fight,
The evil that lurks everyday, all the night.
We should come closer together, all the Jews everywhere.
We should love each other more, we should show how much we care.
Please try your hardest this coming Wednesday,
To do your part to help in this one small way.
|"Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 'Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will
fast likewise: and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: And if I perish, I perish . So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him'" - (Esther 4:15-17).
|"... and who knoweth whether [we too] art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"|
|The following poem still applies today. Please, take it to heart.|