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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 […]
God’s Hidden Call – A Thought about Purim
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Hazal, our Sages, asked a strange question in the Gemora of Chullin (39b): Esther min haTorah minayin? “Where do we find a hint in the Torah to the book of Esther?”, the last book of Tanakh to be canonised. The Gemora answers with the words, v’anochi haster astir panai, “I will hide my face on […]
Intrigue in Shushan
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Purim is a raucous holiday.[1] With gifts and costumes and perhaps a little wine, it is a day (or, in Israel, what seems like an entire week) of celebration and happiness. What is the source of this festive atmosphere? Our automatic assumption is that an answer may be found in Megillat Esther, The Book of […]
The Megilah’s Account of Multiple Intelligences[1]
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Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordechai, the son of Yair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite; who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Yechoniah king of Judah, whom Nevuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had […]