Washington is Our Shushan, Purim is Our Day
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): Bradley Hirschfield
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Text; Political Behavior; Human Rights; Empowerment
Coverage: United States
The author compares the opportunity to hold the Washington 12 conference, which gathers Jewish speakers and volunteers from across the country, to the opportunity that Jews had in Shushan when they took political action for the progress of humanity (now celebrated as the holiday of Purim). The author stresses that now Jewish people hold the power and influence to change the world for the better that their ancestors centuries ago strove to obtain. The author moves on to describe the roles of Mordechai and Esther in their plan of action, and how each individual has the potential to create change, just like Mordechai and Esther had done, so many years ago.