I started a new thread because I want to see a discussion going -
Some people find Purim a very difficult holiday to celebrate. I'm going to just say that, past the 'fun carnival' and 'costumes' and 'cookies', that I, too, find the holiday itself a strange and difficult one.
(probably because I tend to be a control freak to some degree, and Purim is about the loss of control).
So - what is Purim - the grown up discussion.
Things you may - or may not - be aware of:
The book of Esther almost wasn't accepted into the canon of scripture. It took some fancy dancing by some sages and rabbis to get the book accepted.
God never appears.
Miracle? Salvation (physical rescue from this-world danger) came about through human actions.
And, of course, it's all a story: it never happened.
So - what IS Purim, then?
Why is it one of the 'Biblical holidays'? It isn't about 'God'. It isn't about Revelation at Sinai, or Escape from Egypt, or Atonement. It's about.....
well, what is it about? In the 'religious' sense, that is?