S: Shira's Bat Mitzvah
FC: March 20, 2011 | Shira's Bat Mitzvah
1: you're invited!
2: family | fun | b.f.f. | friends
3: Front | Back | My Ants""
4: In the story of Purim, most people would agree that Mordechai and Esther were both heroes. But, if you had to choose just one of them as the story's hero, who would it be? It could be argued that Mordechai is the hero in Megillat Esther for a few reasons. Firstly, one day Mordechai overheard two of the king's attendants plotting to kill King Achashverosh. Mordechai told Esther who informed the king and the two men were put to death. Certainly Mordechai could be called a hero for saving the king's life. Secondly, Mordechai remained a strong Jewish leader and continued to practice his religious beliefs without compromise. He refused to bow down to Haman, the prime minister, because he wore a medallion with an idol engraved in it around his neck.. Mordechai did not want to appear to be worshiping an idol. Once again, Mordechai could be called the hero because of his courage to refuse to honour Haman. Lastly, when Mordechai learned that Haman was going to kill all the Jews in Achashverosh's kingdom, he told Esther to go to the king and try to save her people. Without Mordechai's initiative, Esther wouldn't have approached the king and the Jews may not have been saved. For this reason alone, Mordechai can be seen as the the hero of Purim.
5: But, there are also strong arguments to support Esther as the heroine in the Purim story. To begin, Esther obeyed Mordechai when he begged her to approach Achashverosh in an attempt to save her people. It was forbidden to approach the king without being invited. Esther put her fears aside knowing her life could be in danger. She demonstrated great courage and braveness which are definitely qualities of a heroine. Secondly, like Mordechai, Esther also tried to keep her religion once she was appointed to be the new queen. She only ate kosher foods and made a point to remember which day was Shabbat. How brave she was to keep her religion a secret and be observant at the same time. Finally, at the second banquet Esther invited the king and Haman to attend, she told the king that Haman, who the king had great respect for, was going to kill her and her people. Again, Esther was very courageous and daring. If the king didn't approve of what Esther was saying, she could have been killed. Back to my original question. In my opinion, Esther is ultimately the hero in the story of Purim although the decision is not an obvious one. Esther's willingness to approach the king without being invited was the deciding factor for me.
7: "Shira, we wish you the sweetness of the candies that showered you today and the joy that you experience on your Bat Mitzvah, for each and every day in the future. May you continue to be blessed with good health, mazel, success in all your future endeavours and continue to be surrounded by those who care so much for you."
8: Hi everybody! I'm Kayla, Shira's sister. I have prepared an acrostic poem about Shira that I want to share with you. Even though Shira and I do not always get along, today I'm going to be nice to my sister because it's her special day! S is for sunshine... H is for happy... I is for incredible... R is for reliable... A is for amazing...
9: We love you Shira!! | We love you Shira!! | We love you Shira!! | We love you Shira!!
19: FUN & GAMES
22: The Glaziers
23: The Millers
25: going... | going... | gone!!
31: MAZEL TOV SHIRA!!
32: Mazel tov Shira! Enjoy your Bat Mitzvah forever!! Created with much love and wonderful memories. Mom & Dad