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Jewish Holidays

Purim in Perspective: More Serious Than You Think

March 20, 2019, by

In a leap year we celebrate Purim in Adar Sheni in order to connect the redemption story of Purim adjacent to the redemption story of Pesach. Why is this more important than the principle of not passing over mitzvot? The end of Babylonian exile is the first time an exile of force becomes an exile […]

The Mitzvah of Reading the Megillah

March 19, 2019, by

What are we fulfilling with the reading the megillah? Recounting the miracle is a form of publicizing the miracle and thus takes on an amplified status among mitzvot d’rabbanan. The obligation is based on the word נזכרים – remembered. Thus reading the megillah is closely associated with another זכירה – remembering Amalek, and is a […]

Mordechai Ish Yehudi – Ish Yemini (The Great Flat Tire)

March 19, 2019, by

Rebbi Shimon ben Yochai told his students that the Jews in the generation of the Megillah were threatened with destruction because they bowed down to the statue erected by Nevuchadnetzer. Why are the Jews of the entire realm slated for destruction because of something that happened 45 years earlier? At the beginning of Galut Bavel […]

From Purim to Pesach: A Season of Miracles

March 18, 2019, by

This shiur uncovers a deeper connection between Purim and Pesach. Using classical and contemporary sources while focusing on the texts of both Megillas Esther and those relating to Pesach, we discover echoes of Yetzias Mitzraim within the Purim story. Through these ideas, Mrs. Orlian explores the goal of honing our sensitivity to the blessings in […]

OU Daf Yomi Initiative on Purim

March 18, 2019, by

The OU Daf Yomi Initiative presents a collection of shiurim on tractate Megillah, as well as halacha shiurim, designed to uplift and enhance your Purim experience. * Shiurim from tractate Megillah exploring Megillas Esther, delivered by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Rabbi Shalom Rosner and Rabbi Yosef Grossman. * Halacha videos by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, sponsored by kosher.com. * […]