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                                                     From the rabbis

      Sleepless in South Florida                        tells us that when Mordechai overhears the two palace   that the “king” whose sleep is disturbed is none other than

                                                        guards,  Bigthan  and Teresh,  plotting  against  the  King   the King in heaven above. Not Elvis — that doesn’t even
      By Rabbi Paul Arberman                            Achashverosh, they also say: “From the day this woman   make sense — but rather, THE King — God.
         Feeling tired? Then you                        arrived here, we haven’t gotten any sleep!” It seems they      Now that in and of itself is of concern. If God’s sleep
      should be glad that Purim is                      were working overtime on social events at the palace ever   was disturbed, does that mean God is sometimes asleep
      almost here because according                     since Esther arrived.                              at the wheel? If so, then who is driving!? That is to say,
      to our tradition: “On Purim a                        What they didn’t know was that the man they were   who is commanding the universe? As if that isn’t worrying
      person should drink more                          guarding was still awake in his Persian PJs. Indeed, the   enough, it directly contradicts Psalms (CXXI: 4), which
      than he is accustomed to,                         fortune of the Jews in Shushan turns on the verse in   says, “The Guard of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.”
      so that he may sleep” (OH                         the Megillah specifically about Achashverosh’s trouble   The Talmud (Megillah 13b) puts the Eternal One back at
      695:2). If you are asleep, you                    sleeping: “On that night the sleep of the king was   the wheel as related in the following story:
      fulfill the custom (Talmud                        disturbed.”                                           Haman said to Achashverosh: “Yeshno am echad
      B. Megillah 7b) to become                            According to Rabba in the midrash (Esther VI: 6): King   (Esther 3:8), there is a nation, which doesn’t abide by
      intoxicated with wine — (see                      Achashverosh was too worried to sleep because Esther   the laws of the kingdom — come let us destroy them.”
      Rashi) ad d’lo yada, “until one cannot distinguish between   had invited Haman to her banquet party. He thought:   Achashverosh replied, “But I am afraid of their God, lest
      ‘cursed is Haman’ and ‘blessed is Mordechai.’”    “Perhaps they are conspiring to kill me!” He was right   He do to me as He did to my predecessors.” Don’t worry,
         At least on Purim you will not be drowning in   to be concerned, but it was the guards who were actually   Haman says [using a play on the words], “Yashnu am
      drowsiness alone. Rabbi Yochanan (Megillah, Bavli 13b)   plotting his demise. Another opinion in this midrash holds   echad — the whole nation is sleeping” — sleeping on
                                                                                                           the job in their performance of mitzvot, so God won’t
                                                                                                           protect them. The 13th-century midrashic anthology Yalkut
                                                                                                           Shimoni summarizes this by commenting on our verse in
                                                                                                           Psalms, saying, “When Israel does the Divine will, there
                                                                                                           is no sleep before him.” The meaning of the story is this:
                                                                                                           You do your job and God will do God’s job.
                                                                                                              Now for anyone who often feels as tired as I do, I
                                                                                                           offer all of us the following advice: If we are normally
                                                                                                           yanumim, or dozing during the Torah service, and yoshnim,
                                                                                                           or outright sleeping during the Haftarah, we should at
                                                                                                           least do our best to stay awake during the reading of the
                                                                                                           Megillah. One has to hear all the words to get credit for
                                                                                                           the mitzvah.
                                                                                                              This year, more than ever, we deserve a joyous and
                                                                                                           festive Purim. And after the Megillah reading, and the
                                                                                                           party, I’m going to take a good nap.
                                                                                                              Paul Arberman is the spiritual leader at Temple Beth
                                                                                                           David in Palm Beach Gardens

                                                                                                           Men and Women Are
                                                                                                           Not the Same

                                                                                                           By Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui
                                                                                                              I’m listening to this
                                                                                                           professor of biology and
                                                                                                           director of a very prestigious
                                                                                                           genome  institute. The
                                                                                                           discussion is about men
                                                                                                           and women. Are they alike
                                                                                                           or are they not?
                 You are
             inspiring                                                                                     Nothing  in science  can
                                                                                                             Science is always in

                                                                                                           the process of discovery.
                                                                                                           be absolute. As machines
                                                                                                           change and people discover new things, different conclusions
                                                                                                           are reached. The word in the Bible, on the other hand, is the
                                                                                                           product of an infinite G-d, who foresaw all that would happen,
                                                                                                           and included in His wisdom, everything that will forever be

                                             their lives                                                   necessary for mankind. G-d’s signature is truth and everything
                                                                                                           in the Bible is truth. Truth doesn’t change.

                                                                                                             That is why Maimonides writes, “this Torah — Bible
                                                                                                           — will never change.” Anybody who thinks the Bible is
                                          and so many more                                                 antiquated and lacking denies what the words inside the
                                                                                                           Bible say, and that which has been transmitted throughout
                                                                                                           the generations, “And G-d spoke to the Israelites… before
                                                                                                           each single one of the nation.”
                                                                                                              There are trillions of cells in a person’s body. The nucleus
                                                                                                           of each cell carries 23 pairs of chromosomes which carry the
                                                                                                           DNA, hereditary information, and execute all the necessary
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                                                                                                           women are identical except for one chromosome pair in the
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                                                                                                             Most scientists and biologists believe this one

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                                                                                                           everything else is equivalent. Men are identical to each
                                                                                                           other 99.9%, in their genome, and the equivalence between
                                                                                                           men and women is 98.5 %.
                                                                                                              The question is: If men and women are so similar to each
                       Contribute now to inspire lives at                                                  other, how come for every man with rheumatoid arthritis
                                                                                                           2 to 3 women will be affected? How come for every girl
                                                                              with autism spectrum disorder, 5 boys will be affected?
                                                                                                           How come for every man with lupus, 6 women will have
                                                                                                           the same disorder?
                                                                                                              Another example: Men will die younger than women with
                                                                                                           dilated cardiomyopathy.
                                                                                                              This one professor asked his colleagues for an explanation
                                                                                                           and most gave him the answer, “I don’t know.” When pushed
                                                                                                           further they would say, perhaps it’s the fault of the XY
                                                                                                           chromosome or hormones.

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