I am sure you all know the Purim story as found in the Book of Ester, but there is an amazing prophecy buried in the original Hebrew of this book that you may not have heard of. In the Book of Ester Haman the son of Hamdata wanted "to destroy, to kill, and to exterminate" all Jews. In the end however the Jews defeated Haman and those who wished to destroy them. The climax of their victory was the execution of the ten sons of Haman, whose names the book details.
An interesting dialogue takes place between Queen Esther and Ahasverus just a few verses later:
12 And the king said unto Ester the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five
hundred men in Shushan the castle, and the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done
in the rest of the king's provinces? Now whatever your petition, it shall be granted you,
and whatever your request further, it shall be done.
13 Then said Ester, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews that are in Shushan,
to do tomorrow also, according unto this day's decree: and let Haman's ten sons be
hanged upon the gallows.
14 And the king commanded it so to be done, and a decree was given out in Shushan: and they hanged Haman's ten sons.
(Ester 9:12-14 HRV)
Esther's request seems odd. The ten sons of Haman had already been killed, why bother to hang them?
In the writings of the Rabbis and the Midrashim, we find several thoughts that could elaborate on this:
On the word "tomorrow," in Esther's request, the Rabbis comment:
"There is a tomorrow that is now, and a tomorrow which is later." (Tanchuma Bo 13 and Rashi on Exodus 13:14).
In other words, Esther was prophesying that the hanging of Haman's ten sons would not be s single episode in history, but would be repeated at a future “tomorrow” as well.
Lets look at the original Hebrew of the Book of Ester...we cab clearly see, at first glance, that the list of Haman's sons appears on a separate page, written in a prominent, special manner:
The left-hand column contains the word v'et (and) ten times. According to the Thirty Two Rules of Eliezer, the word v'et is used to denote replication. Thus, we may conclude that another ten people are also to be hung in addition to Haman's ten sons.
Who would these ten men be?
Lets now go forward in time 2,300 years forward in time.... Special newspaper editions on October 16, 1946 reported the execution of ten Nazi war criminals found guilty by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.
It should be noted Adolf Hitler banned the observance of Purim, declaring it a capital offense to possess a copy of the Book of Esther. In a speech made on November 10, 1938, (the day after kristallnacht), A prominant Nazi named Julius Streicher said that just as "the Jew butchered 75,000 Persians" in one night, the same fate would have befallen the German people had the Jews succeeded in inciting a war against Germany; the "Jews would have instituted a new Purim festival in Germany."
As a matter of fact many of the Nazi attacks against Jews often coincided with Purim. On Purim 1942, ten Jews were hanged in Zduńska Wola supposedly to avenge the hanging of Haman's ten sons. In a similar incident in 1943, the Nazis shot 10 Jews from the Piotrków ghetto. On Purim eve that same year, over 100 Jewish doctors and their families were shot by the Nazis in Czestochowa. The following day, Jewish doctors were taken from Radom and shot nearby in Szydlowiec.
In an apparent connection made by Hitler between his Nazi regime and the role of Haman, he stated in a speech made on January 30, 1944, that if the Nazis were defeated, the Jews could celebrate "a second Purim".
Amazingly, this outcome is hinted at in the Book of Esther!...
According to Nachmanides (the introduction to his commentary on Genesis) any change from the usual way of writing a word or letter indicates some hidden meaning in a text.
If we examine the list of Haman's sons, we notice that three letters are written smaller:
the taf of Parshandata
the shin of Parmashta
the zayin of Vizata
(The enlarged vav of Vizata may refer to the sixth millenium.)
The three letters together form taf-shin-zayin, the Jewish year 5707 (1946 C.E.), the year that the ten Nazi criminals were executed.
Of the twenty three Nazi war criminals on trial in Nuremberg, eleven were in fact sentenced to execution by hanging. But just two hours before the sentence was due to be carried out, Goering committed suicide--so that only 10 descendents of Amalek were hung, thus fulfilling the request of Esther:
"let Haman's ten sons be hanged."
Furthermore, although the trial was conducted by a military tribunal, the sentence handed down was not the normal death by firing squad, or by electric chair as practiced in the U.S.A. However, the court specifically prescribed hanging, exactly as in Esther's prophetic request:
"let Haman's ten sons be hanged."
None of this was lost on Julius Streicher....[as The New York Herald Tribune of October 16, 1946 reported after he ascended to the gallows] "With burning hatred in his eyes, Streicher looked down at the witnesses and shouted his last words as he was hanged: "Purim Fest 1946!"...
If we examine the calendar for that month. The date of the execution (October 16, 1946) fell on the Jewish festival of "Hoshana Rabba" (21 Tishrei). This is the traditional day all of Elohim’s verdicts are sealed.