The very act of making Esther part of Tanach demonstrates that even seemingly natural events are really God’s hand. This is implied in the name “Megillat Esther” – literally “revealing that which is hidden”. Part two of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes.
Mordechai was perplexed about why Esther was selected to become the queen…until Haman’s decree. Once Mordechai learns of the decree we are told that “Mordechai Yada” meaning that he understood what Hashem had in mind. Part three of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes.
What does the Gemara mean when it says that at the time of the Purim story the Jews accepted the Torah willingly? How do the 4 mitzvot of Purim reflect this concept? Part four of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes.
We see throughout Tanach that women are able to see the bigger picture. Men are here & now focused. Mordechai & Esther’s approaches reflect this dichotomy. Part five of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes.
The Kabbalas HaTorah presented by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky. Part six of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes. What is the difference between the kabbalat haTorah at Har Sinai on Shavuot (which was out of fear) and that of Purim (which was out of love)? What is the additional dimension?
It’s not until the end that we see that all the random events come together, as a result, if one would read the megillah backwards they wouldn’t be yotzei. Part seven of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes.
He Hears Our Silent Cry presented by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Part eight of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes. The Maharal says that the whole story of Purim is a story of how using the power of tefillah (Kol Yaakov) we were able to defeat Amalek (Yedei Esav). That is always how we’re […]
Years ago, we visited the home of another young couple for a Purim Seudah. The couple was Moroccan and the woman was an accomplished traditional cook. To begin the meal, she brought out a beautiful Moroccan Purim bread called “Ojo de Haman”, crowned by a hard boiled egg. One of the men at the table […]
It has all the elements of pulp fiction biblical style: the foolish king (Ahasuerus), the spurned wife (Vashti), the wicked first minister (Haman), the brave and beautiful maiden (Esther) and her honorable protector (Mordecai). Add to the mix an assassination plot foiled and a people saved, leading to millennia of rejoicing. Fast forward 2,500 years, […]