It may have been Oscar night in LA, but the real action was down the block at the Creative Zionist Coalition's Purim Gala at the Shangri-La Hotel. I received the "Queen Esther Award for Jewish Heroism." And it wasn't lost on me that so much of what the story of Purim teaches us is a part of the work I do, fighting for the good. Purim memorializes the clash of civilizations: good vs. evil, Mordechai vs. Haman, and all of the terrible, bloody struggles in history, up to and including allies versus the Nazis, the West versus jihad. And Purim speaks to the centrality that women play in Jewish life and Jewish history, so it was deeply moving for me.
As you know, the event was underwritten and paid for by the Shangri-La Hotel -- the same hotel where the Muslim owner threw the Jews out of the pool at a Friends of the IDF event. So this made the gala even more miraculous. A Muslim trying to recompense the Jews for her Jew-hatred. A miracle, indeed.
My partner, Robert Spencer, deservedly received the "Righteous Gentile" of the year award. How wonderful it was to share the night with my colleague.