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Jewish Holidays

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part III)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Covering Megilat Esther, the remainder of Chapter 1 (vv. 13-22). Achashverosh’s insecurity as ruler manifests itself in the way he reacts when, at the culmination of his long party, Vashti refuses to make an appearance. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part II)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Additional introductory remarks and commentary on Chapter 1 verses 5-12. Several examples show that there seems to be a clear program on the part of the text’s editors to make sure Megillat Esther avoids direct mention of God’s name. For part 1 click here For […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part I)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther, Chapter 1. Introduction to the Megilah and commentary on 1:1-5. Rabbi Etshalom discusses the canonization of Esther, how chazal viewed the book, general issues of understanding the megillah, & takes a look at the opening section. For part 2 click here For part 3 click […]

The Hidden and The Open Purim

March 17, 2008, by

The message of Purim is that we need to look at seemingly natural events with enough sensitivity to see the hand of God in “the miracles of the mundane”. Part one of eight from the Torah Dimensions box set on Purim Themes.

Reflections on Megillat Esther

March 17, 2008, by

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.

Hidden Secret Behind the Story of Mordechai & Esther

March 17, 2008, by

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.

Purim as a Day of Matan Torah

March 17, 2008, by

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.

Purim Story: Two Approaches to Redemption

March 17, 2008, by

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 Kabbalat HaTorah of Purim

March 17, 2008, by

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?

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