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From Darkness to Light: Purim 2021, by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat & Rabbi David Evan Markus (Bayit: Building Jewish, 2021)

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אסתר ג:יג-טו

13 וְנִשְׁל֨וֹחַ סְפָרִ֜ים בְּיַ֣ד הָרָצִים֮ אֶל־כָּל־מְדִינ֣וֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ֒ לְהַשְׁמִ֡יד לַהֲרֹ֣ג וּלְאַבֵּ֣ד אֶת־כָּל־הַ֠יְּהוּדִים מִנַּ֨עַר וְעַד־זָקֵ֨ן טַ֤ף וְנָשִׁים֙ בְּי֣וֹם אֶחָ֔ד בִּשְׁלוֹשָׁ֥ה עָשָׂ֛ר לְחֹ֥דֶשׁ שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂ֖ר הוּא־חֹ֣דֶשׁ אֲדָ֑ר וּשְׁלָלָ֖ם לָבֽוֹז׃ 14 פַּתְשֶׁ֣גֶן הַכְּתָ֗ב לְהִנָּ֤תֵֽן דָּת֙ בְּכָל־מְדִינָ֣ה וּמְדִינָ֔ה גָּל֖וּי לְכָל־הָֽעַמִּ֑ים לִהְי֥וֹת עֲתִדִ֖ים לַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה׃ 15 הָֽרָצִ֞ים יָצְא֤וּ דְחוּפִים֙ בִּדְבַ֣ר הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וְהַדָּ֥ת נִתְּנָ֖ה בְּשׁוּשַׁ֣ן הַבִּירָ֑ה וְהַמֶּ֤לֶךְ וְהָמָן֙ יָשְׁב֣וּ לִשְׁתּ֔וֹת וְהָעִ֥יר שׁוּשָׁ֖ן נָבֽוֹכָה׃ {פ}

Esther 3:13-15

Couñriers dispaòtched wriâtten instruèctions of Kiâng Achashveroésh to all the kiâng’s proìvinces to destroðy, maâssacre and exteârminate all the Jeóws – youñng and oòld, chiàldren and woñmen, on oâne daãy, the thirteeänth daëy of the tweälfth moånth, the moânth of Adaær, and to pluånder their posseçssions…. The decreäe was proclaåimed in the ciâty of Shushaæn; the kiàng and Hamañn sat doâwn to feaãst, while the ciäty of Shushaån waiçled.

Transcript of Remarks: President Donald J. Trump (August 15, 2017)

The repoârter aãsked: “Yoàu sañid theâre was haãtred and vioålence on boäth siçdes?”

President Truâmp saìid: “I thiànk there’s blañme oân both siãdes; I have noâ doubt aboãut it, and yoêu doën’t haäve any doåubt aboäut it eiçther. Añnd, andò, aànd, añnd if you repoârted it aãccurately, yoåu would saçy it.”

The repoârter saîid: “Neâo-Naðzis staârted this thiìng: theày showed uñp in Chaãrlottesville.”

Preäsident Truåmp interruæpted: “Excuîse me, they diàdn’t put themseñlves doàwn as neâo-Naãzis, and you had soême very bad peoëple iån that grouæp, but you aêlso had peoëple that were veäry fine peoåple on boäth siçdes.”


אסתר ד:א-ג, יג-יד

1 וּמָרְדֳּכַ֗י יָדַע֙ אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֣ר נַעֲשָׂ֔ה וַיִּקְרַ֤ע מָרְדֳּכַי֙ אֶת־בְּגָדָ֔יו וַיִּלְבַּ֥שׁ שַׂ֖ק וָאֵ֑פֶר וַיֵּצֵא֙ בְּת֣וֹךְ הָעִ֔יר וַיִּזְעַ֛ק זְעָקָ֥ה גְדֹלָ֖ה וּמָרָֽה׃ 2 וַיָּב֕וֹא עַ֖ד לִפְנֵ֣י שַֽׁעַר־הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ כִּ֣י אֵ֥ין לָב֛וֹא אֶל־שַׁ֥עַר הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ בִּלְב֥וּשׁ שָֽׂק׃ 3 וּבְכָל־מְדִינָ֣ה וּמְדִינָ֗ה מְקוֹם֙ אֲשֶׁ֨ר דְּבַר־הַמֶּ֤לֶךְ וְדָתוֹ֙ מַגִּ֔יעַ אֵ֤בֶל גָּדוֹל֙ לַיְּהוּדִ֔ים וְצ֥וֹם וּבְכִ֖י וּמִסְפֵּ֑ד שַׂ֣ק וָאֵ֔פֶר יֻצַּ֖ע לָֽרַבִּֽים׃

13 וַיֹּ֥אמֶר מָרְדֳּכַ֖י לְהָשִׁ֣יב אֶל־אֶסְתֵּ֑ר אַל־תְּדַמִּ֣י בְנַפְשֵׁ֔ךְ לְהִמָּלֵ֥ט בֵּית־הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ מִכָּל־הַיְּהוּדִֽים׃ 14 כִּ֣י אִם־הַחֲרֵ֣שׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי֮ בָּעֵ֣ת הַזֹּאת֒ רֶ֣וַח וְהַצָּלָ֞ה יַעֲמ֤וֹד לַיְּהוּדִים֙ מִמָּק֣וֹם אַחֵ֔ר וְאַ֥תְּ וּבֵית־אָבִ֖יךְ תֹּאבֵ֑דוּ וּמִ֣י יוֹדֵ֔עַ אִם־לְעֵ֣ת כָּזֹ֔את הִגַּ֖עַתְּ לַמַּלְכֽוּת׃

Esther 4:1-3, 13-14

When Mordechaìi leañrned aâll that haãppened, Mordechaài toñre his cloãthes and dreässed in saåckcloth and aæshes: he weñnt throuâgh the ciãty, cryëing louädly aånd biçtterly. He contiínued uåp to the paâlace gaæte…. In eâvery proìvince that the kiñng’s commaànd and decreñe reaãched, there was greàat mouñrning among the Jeãws, with faästing, weeåping and waiæling, and eâveryboãdy laäy in saåckcloth and açshes….

Mordechaäi had this meåssage deliâvered to Estheær: “Do not imaâgine that yoãu, of aâll Jeãws, will escaäpe with your liåfe in the kiäng’s paçlace. If yoâu keep sièlent at thâis tiéme … yoäu and your father’s houåse will peærish: maâybeã you attaâined royal posiãtion for juåst suäch a moçment.”

Transcript of Vice Presidential Debate (October 7, 2020)

Viäce Preåsident Peânce saiæd: “The Ameàrican peoñple knoàw that thiñs is a preãsident who has puät the heaålth of America fiçrst. And the Aâmerican peoîple, I belieêve with my heaërt, can be prouäd of the saåcrifices theây have maæde: it’s saäved couåntless Aämerican liçves.”

Suàsan Pañge, the moâderator, saãid: “Thaånk you, Vice Preâsident Peænce. Seänator Haårris, would yoäu like to respoçnd?”

Senator Haârris saìid: “Whateîver the vice preàsident is claiñming the administraâtion has doãne, cleaårly it haäsn’t woçrked. When you’re looàking at oñver 210,è000 deaâd boédies iên our couëntry, American liêves that have been loëst, faämilies that are grieåving that loæss; and the vice preàsident is the heñad of the Taãsk Force and kneêw on January 28ëth how seårious this waçs. Aând theín, thaànks to Bob Wooñdward, we leaàrned that theñy kneâw aboãut it; when thañt was expoòsed, the vice preàsident sañid, wheân aãsked, ‘Weâll, | whyà didn’t you añll teâll anyboãdy?’ He saîid, ‘Becauêse the preësident waänted peoåple to remaäin caçlm.'”

Vice Preñsident Peònce interruìpted, saåying, “Suísan, Iê haëve to weäigh iån heçre.”

Seànator Hañrris tuârned to hiâm and saãid, “Mr. Viäce Preåsident, Iä am speaçking.”

Heâ saæid, “Iâ haðve to weâigh iìn.”

She looäked at hiåm and saiêd, “I’äm speaåking. Iä am speaçking.”

The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman (January 20, 2021, excerpts)

When daày coñmes we aâsk ourseãlves,
“Where can weê find liëght in this neäver-eånding shaæde?”
The loäss we caårry, a seaä we must waçde.
We’ve braîved the beñlly of the beast,ò
We’ve leaírned that quiêet isn’t always peaëce,
and the noàrms and noñtions of whaât just iãs, iåsn’t aälways juçst-ice.
And yeât | the daðwn was ouàrs befoñre we kneãw it:
Soåmehow we doæ it.
Soâmehow | weâ’ve weaèthered aând wiétnessed a naàtion thañt iâsn’t broãken,
buät siåmply unfiçnished.
[….] 
For whiâle we haàve our eñyes on the fuãture,
Hiåstory has its eäyes on uæs:
Thiñs is the eraò of juâst redeìmption
Weä feaåred at its inceçption.
We did not feeîl prepaàred to be the heñirs of suâch a terrifying hoãur
but withiìn it we fouând the poæwer to auäthoår a neäw chaçpter.
To oñffer hoòpe and lauâghter to ourseðlves.
So while oànce we añsked,
“How could weí poâssibly prevaèil oâver cataéstrophe?”
Noàw we asseñrt,
“How couâld cataãstrophe poässibly prevaåil over uçs?”
[….] 
In eàvery known noñok oâf our naãtion
and eävery coårner caâlled our couæntry,
our peoîple diveñrse and beauòtiful wiâll emeìrge,
baåttered and beauçtiful.
When day coêmes weà step ouñt oâf the shaãde,
aflaåme and unafraiæd,
the neäw dawn blooåms aäs we freeç it.
For theâre is aâlways liðght,
if oànly we’re brañve enouâgh to seeã it,
if oënly we’re braäve enouågh to beç it.

Inaugural Remarks: Vice President Kamala Harris (January 20, 2021)

It is myà hoñnor to bâe heãre, to staînd on the shouêlders of those who caëme before, to speaäk toniåght as youär vice preçsident.

In maòny ways, this moàment emboñdies our chaâracter as a naãtion: it deêmonstrates who we aëre eåven in dark tiçmes. We noät only dreaåm, weä doæ. We not only seeà whañt haâs beeãn; we seeä whaåt caçn be. We shooñt for the mooòn, and theàn we plañnt our flaâg oãn it. We are boëld, feaärleåss and ambiçtious. Weâ are undauðnted in ouàr belieñf that we shall overcome, that weå will riäse uçp. Thiâs Ameèrican aâspiraétion … caâlled upon uís to summon noàw the couñrage to seeâ beyond criãsis, to doê what is haërd, to doå what is gooæd, to uniîte, to belieñve in ourseòlves, to belieâve in our couìntry, to belieäve in what weå can doä togeçther.


אסתר ח:יד-טז

14 הָרָצִ֞ים רֹכְבֵ֤י הָרֶ֙כֶשׁ֙ הָֽאֲחַשְׁתְּרָנִ֔ים יָֽצְא֛וּ מְבֹהָלִ֥ים וּדְחוּפִ֖ים בִּדְבַ֣ר הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ וְהַדָּ֥ת נִתְּנָ֖ה בְּשׁוּשַׁ֥ן הַבִּירָֽה׃ {פ} 15 וּמָרְדֳּכַ֞י יָצָ֣א ׀ מִלִּפְנֵ֣י הַמֶּ֗לֶךְ בִּלְב֤וּשׁ מַלְכוּת֙ תְּכֵ֣לֶת וָח֔וּר וַעֲטֶ֤רֶת זָהָב֙ גְּדוֹלָ֔ה וְתַכְרִ֥יךְ בּ֖וּץ וְאַרְגָּמָ֑ן וְהָעִ֣יר שׁוּשָׁ֔ן צָהֲלָ֖ה וְשָׂמֵֽחָה׃

16 לַיְּהוּדִ֕ים הָֽיְתָ֥ה אוֹרָ֖ה וְשִׂמְחָ֑ה וְשָׂשֹׂ֖ן וִיקָֽר׃

Esther 8:14-16

The couîriers, mouànted oñn roâyal steeãds, went ouët in uärgent haåste at the kiâng’s commaænd; and the decreeä was proclaiåmed in the ciäty of Shushaçn. Mordechaiî leâft | the kiâng’s preìsence in roàyal roñbes of blueâ and whiãte, with a graànd croñwn of goãld and a maäntle of liånen and puärple wooçl. And the ciâty of Shushaãn raäng with joçy.

The Jeíws haäd liåght and joæy, glaädness and hoçnor.
Soä maåy weä açll.[1] From the Havdallah after Shabbat in the nusaḥ Ashkenaz. 


These tropified texts in English were first published by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Evan Markus at Bayit: Building Jewish via video and PDF. The tropification uses the TropFont for adding Masoretic Hebrew cantillation marks to Latin scripted text.

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1 From the Havdallah after Shabbat in the nusaḥ Ashkenaz.

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