Mel Alexenberg
Author of "Through a Bible Lens"

Power-Ranger/Spiderman/Batman Defeat Haman/Hitler/Hamas

I photographed my great-grandson Eliad and his kindergarten classmates celebrating Purim 2011/5771 in Petah Tikva, the Israeli city named “Opening to Hope.” Today, the story remains the same. Only the players and their costumes have changed.  Haman’s reincarnations in present day Persia have changed from scary-faced Ahmadinejad with a bare head and suit jacket to smiley-faced Rouhani wearing a turban and gown.

My wife Miriam and I visited Eliad’s kindergarden for our “Torah Tweets” blogart project.  It can be accessed with the Purim photographs at Our project developed into my new book Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life

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PURIM 2016/5776

“He shall remove his garments and don other garments.” (Leviticus 6: 4)

“Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt. How, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the way, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear.  Therefore, when the Lord your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the Land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.  Do not forget! “ (Deuteronomy 25:17-19)

On the Shabbat before the holiday of Purim, we are charged not to forget Amalek’s merciless murder of Jews solely because they are Jews.

We photographed Jewish children celebrating life in Purim costumes in our Power-Ranger great-grandson Eliad’s kindergarten in Israel.

In the Scroll of Esther read on Purim, the incarnation of Amalek is Haman who plots to murder all Jews in the Persian kingdom.

This week, we could not forget!  We were witness to modern day Amaleks’ aims to annihilate the Jewish people that will also fail.

We went to the cemetery in Petah Tikva to remember Miriam’s mother Anna Benjamin on the 2nd anniversary of her passing at 102.

There are no tombstones to mark her parents’ graves.  They were torn from their home in Holland to be viciously murdered in Auschwitz.

IDF officer Moshe Peretz, father of Anna’s great-great-grandson Eliad, said kaddish for her parents on a IDF mission to Auschwitz.

This week, our son Moshe Yehuda went the funeral of the Fogel family butchered in their beds by bloodthirsty Arabs.

The Arab street celebrates these murders as Hamas fires deadly missiles into Israel and Ahmadinejad calls “to wipe Israel off the map.”

The Purim story ends in Iran with Haman hanging from the gallows he constructed to hang the Jew Mordecai.

Power-Ranger Eliad aided by Spiderman and Batman will thwart the evil plots of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Persian ayatollahs.

“For the Jews there was light, gladness, joy, and honor.” (Esther 8:16)


On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Hollande enthusiastically welcomed Hassan Rouhani, president of the Holocaust-denying genocidal Iranian regime.  Less than a week later, France threatened to recognize the establishment of a terrorist state of Palestine in the historic heartland of Israel.

France is joined by EU and UN players hiding their anti-Semitism behind masks of respectability.  As I am writing, Brussels, the seat of the EU, was attacked by Islamic terrorists murdering more than 30 people as the EU boycotts Jewish businesses that employ hundreds of Arabs.

The same French who established a Nazi Vichy government that rounded up the French Jews for slaughter in the 1940s subsequently built dozens of Holocaust memorials and museums in France to honor the 6,000,000 Jews that they participated in murdering.  It seems that France loves dead Jews but loathes living ones.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein decried the “hypocrisy” of France hosting Iranian President Rouhani. “I have no words for the hypocrisy of the presidents of countries, like France, that on International Holocaust Remembrance Day host the president of Iran,” he said. “We will have to continue our struggle to make sure the Holocaust is remembered and so that others’ consciences will speak to them.”  Edelstein also mentioned the Holocaust cartoon contest sponsored by the Tehran Municipality and set for June, carrying a $50,000 prize.

Michael Oren, former ambassador of Israel to the United States, asked: “How can Europe respect the memory of the Holocaust, while on the same exact day it hosts the leader of the Iranian regime, which denies that the Holocaust even happened?”

Seventy years after Auschwitz, the president of France is full of smiles as he honors the Iranian president in Paris who threatens to exterminate all the Jews of Israel.   The Iranians are up-front about their intentions:  “Israel is doomed to be wiped off the map in a war of destiny.  “Israel no longer has reason to exist and will soon disappear.”  “Israel is a disgraceful stain on the Islamic world and a rotten dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.”

When Rouhani and his henchmen call for the incineration another 6,000,000 Jews, believe them.

Instead of telling the Iranians to end their Holocaust denial, support for terrorism, and genocidal threats, the French are enthusiastically arranging billions of euros worth of business with Iran, including the sale of dual-use technologies to boost Iran’s nuclear and missile development.


In addition to honoring Iranian anti-Semitism, France threatens to recognize a Palestinian terrorist state on the highlands overlooking Tel Aviv.  In the last election for a Palestinian parliament, the majority in both the West Bank and Gaza elected Hamas, whose charter reads:

“Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims…. Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him…. I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I will assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill.”

Palestinian public opinion data from surveys conducted by four independent research groups over the past 25 years exposed Palestinian positions about Israel that all bear directly on the current Palestinian terrorist offensive.  A solid majority of Palestinians have supported terrorism against Israelis.  Moreover, the more murderous the attack, the more it is supported.  The vast majority of Palestinians state that they hate Israelis and believe that Jews have no right to the Land of Israel, and therefore the Jewish state has no right to exist.

When 80-year old Abbas dies or retires, the struggle for power in the West Bank will be between Fatah, Hamas that rules Gaza, and Islamic State seeking a caliphate that demands that Israel be eliminated.

The unity and creativity of the Jewish People coupled with the Israel Defense Forces will defeat its jihadist enemies and their anti-Semitic allies in the EU and UN.

“For the Jews there was light, gladness, joy, and honor.” (Esther 8:16)

Power-Ranger Eliad aided by Spiderman and Batman will thwart the evil plots of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Persian ayatollahs.

About the Author
Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer, and blogger working at the interface between art, technology, Jewish thought, and living the Zionist miracle in Israel. He is the author of "Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media," "The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness," and "Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Judaism and Contemporary Art" in Hebrew. He was professor at Columbia, Bar-Ilan and Ariel universities and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. His artworks are in the collections of more than forty museums worldwide. He lives in Ra’anana, Israel, with his wife artist Miriam Benjamin.
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