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.
The whole theme of Purim is everything being turned upside down (v’nahafoch hu). It’s not that Haman wasn’t wrong in assessing Adar as a good month for his scheme. For part 1 click here. For part 2 click here. For part 4 click here. For part 5 click here.
What is the purpose of the whole first chapter of the Megillah? It doesn’t seem to be all that important to the Purim story? For part 1 click here. For part 3 click here. For part 4 click here. For part 5 click here.
The Gemara says that in the future, all the books in Tanach will be “batel” except the 5 books of the Torah and Esther. What is so significant about the megillah? For part 2 click here. For part 3 click here. For part 4 click here. For part 5 click here.
The message of Shushan Purim is that we aim not just to survive, but also to move the world forward for tomorrow. This is the deeper message behind Esther’s request for a second day for the residents of Shushan to fight their enemies.
Download PDF Summary Following the destruction of the First Temple, the Jews were exiled from Israel. This exile was prophesied to last 70 years, but both the Jewish people and the Persian King Achashverosh miscalculated. Assuming that the 70 years had passed and God had forgotten the Jewish people, King Achashverosh threw a lavish party […]
What is the nature of a woman’s obligation vis-a-vis megillah on Purim, is it to hear (not read) the megillah? What is the nature of a minor’s obligation? Delivered on March 15th, 1975. For part 1 click here.