The Famous "Code"
in Megillat Esther
Keeping Posted with NCSY, Fall 1999 edition
For centuries, Jewish
sages have been uncovering hidden secrets in the Torah. Following is a
famous example, reflecting events in the twentieth century, which is found
not in the Chumash (Five Books of Moses), but in Megilla Esther.
the ten sons of Haman who were hanged (Esther
9:6-10), three letters, namely Taf,
Zayin, are written smaller
than the rest (most printed texts reflect this; if yours doesnít, look in
another). The commentaries offer no explanation for this other than that
it is a prophecy. The letters "Taf-Shin-Zayin"
represent the Hebrew year 5707, corresponding to the secular year
October 16, 1946 (21 Tishrei, 5707) ten
convicted Nazi war criminals were hanged
in Nuremberg. (An eleventh, Hermann Goering, a
transvestite, committed suicide in his cell. The Midrash tells us
that Haman also had a daughter who committed
suicide.) As if the parallel were not obvious enough without further
corroboration, Nazi Julius Streicherís last words were, "Purimfest 1946."
(In case you question the
accuracy of Streicherís last words, they are are well-documented; they
appeared in Newsweek, October 28, 1946.)
It is fairly safe to
assume that (a) Streicher did not know about the three small letters in
the Megilla, (b) he did not know that these letters corresponded to
the year in which he was being hanged, and (c) even had he known, he would
have had no motivation to reinforce the validity of Jewish texts,
traditions, or prophecies. One could not ask for a more independent
confirmation of the all-encompassing knowledge to be found in the
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