Why we wear disguises on Purim

June 29, 2006, by

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 […]

Megillat Esther – Introduction

June 29, 2006, by

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 […]

When is Purim Observed?

June 29, 2006, by

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 and its Mitzvot

June 26, 2006, by

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 […]