Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Purim and the Cyrus Cylinder

A 2,600 year old clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder tells the HISTORY of Purim and the Persians.

Interesting that this TED video comes out right before Rosh Chodesh Adar and with increasing tension between Iran/Persia and Israel (noting that the talk and filming was in July 2011).

Video direct link – here.  Youtube embedded video below.


  1. Very interesting. Toward the end I thought I heard some inconsistencies between what he was putting forth and our Jewish approach. Did you also find that? As long as he was discussing 'history' it sounded ok, but when he moved into conjecture I felt uneasy.

  2. You should listen to the "inspirational" "new humanity" "changing world" that the now deceased NYT reporter speaks about of his days in the ME. Humanity that draws us together?????

  3. If Iran is such a loving, tolerant country, I wonder why most of the Jews left in the late 70's/early 80's when the shah was deposed? The presenter sort of skipped that part. The photo of Ahmedinijad (modern day Haman) promoting Cyrus' cylinder, allowing the Jews to return to Judea and rebuild the Beit Hamikdash, was outrageous.


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