Rabbi Peter Schweitzer The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the Talmud, when reading the Megilla for Purim, the list of the names of Haman’s ten sons (Esther 9:7-9) are to be recited in a single breath. Why? In order to commemorate the fact that Haman’s sons all died simultaneously. It also makes clear that none of Haman’s co-conspirators would find any refuge from justice. They were all in it together.
Here are the names of Haman’s sons. You can try out this one-breath challenge yourself. It’s not that hard.
In the spirit of the times, it is appropriate to update this ritual. A greater challenge, today, is to recite in one breath (or maybe two if necessary) the names of the 13 Russian individuals who were recently indicted in one fell swoop by Special Counsel Robert Mueller!
Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva Sergey Pavlovich Polozov Maria Anatolyevna Bovdavna Robert Sergeyevich Bovda Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly Aslanov Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev Gleb Igorevich Vasilchenko Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina Vladimir Venkov
It’s quite a mouthful, and maybe these malevolent players, unlike Haman’s sons, will go untouched. But we know, once and for all (if we ever doubted it) that Russians have been meddling in American politics. And their skullduggery, and that of Trumpian efforts to collude with Russians, will ultimately be revealed. We can eagerly await more indictments and more names to recite!