According to chabad.org here’s a few more facts about Purim:
- Purim is an ancient Persian word meaning ‘lots’ and recalls the lots that Haman (may his name ever be erased) cast to decide on which day to murder all the Jews.
- Joseph Stalin – the bane of intellectuals, many of whom were Jewish, fell ill in 1953 and died soon after. His illness began…..on Purim!
- In the 1990 Gulf War Iraq sent deadly SCUD missiles to Israel, causing much damage and havoc. After U.S. – led forces attacked Iraq they were quickly victorious. The hostilities ended…..on Purim!