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Tetzaveh-Zachor-Purim
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1 – One set of chains or two? ושתי שרשרת      כח:יד Immediately following the description of the eifod is a parsha comprised of three pesukim.  These pesukim talk about the chains that connected the choshen to the shoulder straps of the eifod.  Rashi learns that these chains described in this parsha are the very same […]
An Important Message from Achashverosh
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Now it came to pass in the days of Achashverosh – he was the Achashverosh who reigned from Hodu to Cush, one hundred twenty-seven provinces.  (Megilat Esther 1:1) Megilat Esther tells two stories Megilat Esther tells two stories.  One is the narrative of the salvation of the Jewish people from an evil adversary who would […]
POOR’S PORTION
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PURIM Shira Smiles Shiur – 2016/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein  Two of the mitzvoth unique to Purim are mishloach manot and matanot laevyonim, sending delicacies to others and giving gifts to the poor. Why are these mitzvoth singled out as requirement on Purim but not on other holidays, and what is the significance of […]
The Essence of Purim
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As we all know, there is a tremendous amount of excitement on Purim.  It is supposed to be totally for kedusha and in a manner that 100% conforms to Torah mandate.  Alas, the reality on the ground is often anything but.  The instances of undesirable and sometimes even tragic occurences – both spiritual and physical […]