Purim Insights

by Cantor Fran Burgess

Redemption . . . Diaspora . . . Assimilation —

What do those words mean to us today?

When I think of the verb “to redeem”, I remember my mother bringing home “green stamps” with her groceries. We would lick them, put them in a book, add up their point values and redeem them for some prize in the catalogue—a real cause and effect, and such excitement to get “something we redeemed.” You save the stamps; you trade them in for something else that you want.