And it was in the days of Achashverosh – the Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Kush – one hundred and twenty provinces. (Megilat Esther 1:1) 1. The messages of the Megilah story The story related in Megilat Esther is constructed around the interplay between four personalities. Mordechai and Esther are the hero and [...]READ MORE »
Purim 2013 is on February 24th.
We Jews have been accused of many things over the centuries but not valuing knowledge, and not striving to distinguish between good and evil have not been amongst them. The rabbis devoted a great deal of their energy and thought to highlight the contrasts in life, specifically between right and wrong, good and evil. Our [...]READ MORE »
One of the lesser-known duties of the Purim holiday is the obligation to sleep. This obligation is mentioned explicitly in the Rema: “A person should drink more than he his accustomed to, so that he may sleep” (OC 695:2). The source for this obligation is the statement of Rava, that a person is obligated “livsumei [...]READ MORE »
Learn Ot Yomit (Ois Yoimis) with the Orthodox Union Rabbi Weinreb on Ot Yomit Rabbi Jack Abramowitz Ot Yomit Shiur First It was Daf Yomi, then Nach Yomi; OU Webcast of New Torah Learning Cycle Begins Purim. Torah is for every Jew; make it yours with Ot Yomit online. We look forward to learning with [...]LISTEN NOW »