1) My daughter is sick. This will be a total damper on Purim.
2) I've just labeled Purim posts from years past, some Purim Torah, some real Torah, some a combination. Ayen sham.
3) A few new insights into the Megilla as I was reading it this year (3x so far):
a) 8:17 and 9:3 are similar verses, just that in the first one, the masses 'Judaize' out of fear of the Jews, and in the latter, the officials promote Jews out of fear of Mordechai.
b) The verb for of 'Mishteh' is 'Lishtot' in the Megillah. These parties were nothing but drinking.
c) the scene where Esther enters the kings chamber and he raises his scepter, etc., is phallic.
d) Haman is his own undoing. His defeat is completely because he had to have it ALL - and he ends up losing it all. When complaining to his 'loved ones and wife' about what he has, he lists "his honor, wealth, many sons, and promotion by the king", but it's meaningless to him as long as Mordechai won't submit. He tries to make that happen ASAP - and that's his downfall.
e) If the king made me a eunuch, I'd also conspire against him.
4) I came up with some names for teams in the Israel Baseball league. I have a whole bunch of team names, but here are my favorites:
a) The Bnei Brak Dodgers
b) The Gaza Strippers
c) The Jerusalem Syndrome
d) The Beit El Pirates (for Arutz 7)
e) The Dimona um, Cement Factory
There are a few others that are actually pretty good ones, but we'll leave that for a longer post.
A friend sent a Purim brochure he made, announcing a conference in Iran honoring the great Persian statesman, Haman, whose legacy has been ruined by Zionist propaganda. Very clever.