L’Ilui Nishmas my grandmother Rebbetzin Sarah Soshe bas Chaim Gershon z”l Schochet whose yahrtzeit is today, the 2nd of Adar. The Sefat Emet says that each of the 3 regalim has a parallel. Purim (when we willingly accepted the Torah) parallels Shavuot (when we were forced to accept the Torah).
A careful reading of the 4th chapter shows how the events in this chapter shed light on the other events in the Megillah.
Purim is unique among the holidays, for, as Chazal tell us, while all the other holidays will be nullified after the arrival of Moshiach, Purim (and according to some Yom Kippur as well) will continue to be celebrated. Yet Purim is not even a Biblical holiday. Why does it deserve this unique designation? The idea […]
Why should we want to be confused between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai? Why not just command us to bless Haman? What is the connection between Purim and Yom HakipPURIM?
The underlying meaning of v’nahafoch hu is that what initially is perceived as a cause is really an effect, and what seems to be an effect is really the cause. Haman was hanged on the 17th day of Nissan (see Rashi on Megillas Esther 4:17). Yet, Mordechai waited until the 23rd of Sivan to send […]
In most years, Shabbat Zachor coincides with Parshat Tetzaveh. What is the connection between them? What is the logic behind the order of the topics in parshiyot Terumah and Tetzaveh?
Why do we specifically fulfill the commandment to remember what Amalek did (zachor) on the Shabbat before Purim? Why not on a different day, for example, on Taanit Esther? Delivered in Hebrew.
Rava said, It is one’s duty levasumei, to make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘arur Haman’ (cursed be Haman) and ‘baruch Mordechai’ (blessed be Mordechai) – Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 7b Over the centuries, the “duty” to make oneself “fragrant” (read, drunk) on Purim has represented the great example […]
Why did Esther request that Shushan Purim be unique and not for everyone? Why not make it a 2-day holiday? Why does she emphasize the “tomorrow”? For part 1 click here. For part 2 click here. For part 3 click here. For part 4 click here.
Both steps in the process of the Jews’ defeating Haman involved them gathering together: they gathered as one to pray for salvation and to wage war. Why the emphasis on gathering? For part 1 click here. For part 2 click here. For part 3 click here. For part 5 click here.