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Today Fell Prey to History

Today's a Jewish Holiday
  that fell prey to history
'Cos unless you live in Israel, the Jewish Nation
  You miss out on spectacular celebrations...

In Ancient Persia 'twas an evil man
  The Emperor* put a ring on his hand
And said, Do with the Jews as you would
  If you say so, they're no good

Mordechai the Jew won't bow down to you?
  Then kill them all, women and children too
So wicked Haman wrote a contract on their lives
  Copies sent to 127 nations -- they all arrived

How the decree was averted is an amazing story
  Yet history texts all ignore its glory...
I suppose the authors are one and the same
  As those who extol Bogdan Khmelnytsky's name**

* The Persian Emperor's name was Xerxes 1, aka 'Ahasuerus'

**Starting in 1648, the Cossack Khmelnytsky led forces that
murdered nearly 50% of Europe's Jews, a greater percentage
than Adolf Hitler murdered during WW2.  By all accounts, Mr.
Khmelnytsky was a vicious anti-Semite, hell-bent on genocide. 

Copyright © Gershon Wolf