The Talmud makes the following unusual statement regarding the required festive meal of Purim: “A person must drink until he cannot tell the difference between ‘Cursed be Haman’ and ‘Blessed be Mordechai.’ ” This is usually understood to mean that a person should drink until he reaches a level of intoxication such that he can […]
Jewish Tradition has it that the Hamentash, being similar to a three-cornered hat, is the kind of hat that “Haman HaRasha,” the wicked Haman, wore. But why do we wear the hat of our great enemy? Of one who wanted to destroy our People? Because Purim is the Holiday of “V’Nahapoch hu,” of Topsy Turvy […]
The custom to wear disguises on Purim in general is based on G-d’s hiding His identity in the Megillah of Esther. The salvation of the Jewish People seems to be accomplished through the actions of people alone, and G-d’s Name doesn’t appear once. The custom to wear disguises on Purim and to appear as non-Jews […]
Introduction Purim is known as the Holiday of the “nes nistar,” the “hidden miracle.” This is because HaShem saved the Jewish People without splitting any seas, or making mountains dance and catch fire, as he had done with Mt. Sinai, when he gave His Torah to the Jewish People there some thirty three hundred years […]
Purim is different from all other Jewish holidays in at least one very interesting aspect. Purim is observed in some places exclusively on the 14th of Adar and in others, exclusively on the 15th (Shushan Purim). The observance of Purim was thus originally ordained by the Sages: “To observe these days of Purim in their […]
Purim has four main Mitzvot: The Reading of the Megillah (Mikra Megillah) The Festive Purim Meal (Seudat Purim) Sending Gifts (Mishloach Manot) Gifts to the poor (Matanot l’Evyonim) As for prayer adaptations, the Torah portion of ‘and Amalek came’ is read Purim morning, and Al-Hanisim is added to the Shmoneh Esray (Silent Prayer) and Birkat […]
The Entire Story of Purim- Purim centers around appreciating Hashem’s hand in the survival of the Jews of Shushan. Most of us know bits and pieces of the Purim story but fail to appreciate how each of the episodes interrelate to understand how miraculous the story of Purim really was.