Kabbalah Online Magazine
Tzav-Zachor-Erev Purim 5774
Vol. 10 No. 28, 7 - 13 Adar II, 5774 / March 9 - 15, 2014
A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat
Welcome to our special PURIM issue!
In addition to being so much fun, PURIM is also quite fascinating.
Six of the seven articles examine some of its many striking points of interest,
including translations from the Zohar, the Baal haTanya, and the Ben
The lead article contains an outline of all the dates and commandments you need
to know for this great time in the Jewish cycle.
This year the festival falls on Saturday night-Sunday (unless you live in
Jerusalem), so the Fast of Esther, usually the day preceding the holiday, is
advanced to this Thursday.
And since it is the Shabbat before Purim, we append to the Weekly Reading (see
article #6) an extra section, called Zachor ("Remember!" - see article #5)
For the soul-elevation of Aryeh-Leib ben Eliyahu HaKohen
Lauterbach) on the occasion of the third yahrzeit, Shabbat, 13 Adar/Erev Purim
to KabbalaOnline.org's managing editor, Yerachmiel Tilles,
on the official launch of his new book, "Saturday night, Full Moon
this Monday evening in Safed, hosted by Ascent-of-Safed and the staff of Menorah
Books from Jerusalem.
| The Holiday of Purim|
The customs of Purim involve happiness and Jewish unity
||Behind the Masks
Purim transcends rationality
||The Fanciest of Fancy Dress
Queen Esther's physical beauty was a manifestation of her spiritual stature
||Before the Purim Feast
A special prayer to be said during the Purim festive meal
||The Appeal of Evil
If Vashti removes all her masks, she instantaneously loses all of her appeal and charm….the "clothes" of evil have no "emperor" within them.
| Weekly Torah Reading|
||Consuming Fire of Loving-kindness
The Zohar teaches that the judgmental forces are torched on the Altar.
| Mystic Story|
||The Purim Governor
On Purim, intoxication can even alter reality.