What the flip?

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Mordechai and Haman on the West wall of the Dura Europos Synagogue

What the flip?

Today, the 23rd of Sivan, is the date on which Haman’s decree against the Jews was flipped – “ונהפוך הוא” – and Mordechai’s decree in favor of the Jews was sent out (Esther 8:9).

In a beautiful depiction of that story, the 3rd century synagogue of Dura Europos on the Euphrates illustrates Haman’s plans of self-aggrandizement being flipped into his humiliation:

Haman took the garb and the horse and arrayed Mordecai and paraded him through the city square; and he proclaimed before him: “This is what is done for the man whom the king desires to honor!”

Esther 6:8

Some hold that this is a good day (Segulah) to pray for evils and tragic situations to “flip out” into a better outcome. By gollie, we need some serious flipping out now, so please pray!

Image is from Wikimedia Commons, text from Sefaria.org

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