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Jewish Holidays

OU Kosher’s FAQ’s for Purim 5777 (2017)

March 2, 2017, by

Ta’anit Esther this year will be Thursday, March 9th. What time does the fast begin and when does it end? The fast begins when one goes to sleep at night, unless one plans to wake up early to eat before the fast begins. If one planned to wake up early, he can eat until alot […]

Purim: Comfortable With Our Existence

February 28, 2017, by

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).

Purim: V’nahafoch Hu

March 18, 2016, by

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 […]

Distinguishing Good From Evil, Blessing From Curse

March 16, 2016, by

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 […]

Megillat Esther Part 4: Gather All The Jews

March 10, 2016, by

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.

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