More than 50 mortar shells fell in the southern part of Israel as Hamas sought to maim and kill innocent Jews. This assault on civilians in Israel took place on Saturday, the Sabbath day when most Israelis are resting, and hours before the celebration of Purim was to begin.
The shells were fired from the Hamas controlled territory of the Gaza Strip. Hamas was voted into power by the people of the Gaza Strip and has reigned with an iron hand ever since, even killing fellow Palestinians and members of the other dominate political party, Fatah.
Thankfully there were no serious injuries from the barrage of mortar fire that rained down within a 15 minute period. Two people, however, were slightly injured with shrapnel from one of the rockets as they were entering a bomb shelter.
The Jewish holiday of Purim started on Saturday evening and will continue until Monday evening. Purim began during the days of Queen Esther when a wicked man, Haman, sought to destroy the Jewish people from the face of the earth.
As detailed in the book of Esther in the Bible, Providence turned the tables on this wicked man Haman. As the story is accounted for us, King Ahasuerus was unable to sleep so he had the royal records read to him. During the reading he found that there was a Jew named Mordecai that had saved the life of the king but had not been rewarded. The King then ordered Haman to take Mordecai and reward him before the people. Haman knew then that his days were numbered.
Jews in Israel are presently celebrating Purim, the day that God gave the Jewish people deliverance from Haman and victory over all their enemies. It is ironic that Hamas has chosen the time of Purim to attack Israel and destroy our people.
A month from now Jews all over the world will be celebrating Passover. In the Passover Haggadah, which is used during the first night of Passover, we read the following: "It is this that has stood by our fathers and us. For not only one has risen against us to annihilate us, but in every generation they rise against us to annihilate us. But the Holy One…rescues us from their hand." (Family Haggadah, p. 31)
The nation of Israel is continually being reminded that Almighty God is watching over us and that in the end He alone will save Israel from all of her enemies, even Hamas.