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Shabbat, February 15, 2014

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Shushan Purim Katan
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Laws and Customs

In regular years, the 15th of Adar is Shushan Purim, the festival that celebrates -- in Jerusalem and other ancient walled cities -- the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman's evil decree in the year 3405 from creation (356 BCE). In a leap year -- which has two Adars -- Shushan Purim is observed in Adar II, and the 15th of Adar I is designated as Shushan Purim Kattan, the "Minor Shushan Purim."

There are no special observances associated with Shushan Purim Kattan, other than the omission of Tachnun ("supplications") from the daily prayers and a prohibition against fasting or holding eulogies on this day. The Code of Jewish Law cites an opinion that one should increase in festivity and joy, but rules that there is no obligation to do so; "Nevertheless,a person should increase somewhat in festivity... for 'One who is of good heart is festive always' " (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 697:1).

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Daily Thought

There are some who are afraid of a new age.

They wonder: What will happen to my career? My whole lifestyle will have to change! What about all the acquaintances and connections I’ve spent a lifetime building? And what about all my worldly possessions, my retirement plan, my investments? Will they take my car away?

Even these people have nothing to fear. Because the era that is coming is not something separate from our times. It is pieced together from everything we do now, and all that we know of shall remain. Only the ugliness will vanish, and the G‑dliness within each thing will be obvious for us to see.