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Prepare for Purim with a quick overview of a) the practical laws (halacha) of Purim, b) the Megillah story, and c) insights into the deeper meaning of the holiday.

A Purim Overview

A Purim Overview

Laws, Customs, Insights

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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan is the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad @ Flamingo in Thornhill, Ontario, he also serves as a Chaplain of the York Regional Police Service.
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March 5, 2014
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There is much truth to your comments, and without doubt there are many layers of truth and reality playing itself out in this story. I would refer you to the classes on the text of the Megillah I've recently been giving. Keep on learning, contemplating and sharing!
Rabbi Mendel Kaplan
Thornhill, Ont.
March 4, 2014
Purim- What was going on between Mordechai and Haman?
Thank you so much, Rabbi Kaplan. I thoroughly enjoyed your teaching on Purim. I've spent time recently in the book of Esther. Do you see it as part of the dynamic between Mordechai and Haman their respective family backgrounds? Mordechai, a descendant of Kish and Shimei and Haman, a descendent of Agag. It had been M's ancestor, Kish's son Saul, who had not obeyed the prophet Samuel's commands to destroy Agag, king of the Amalekites, a nation that God had commanded Israel to destroy. And it was Haman a descendant of Agag, who was determined to kill all of the Jewish people who had been going to destroy his people. Shimei, I think brought shame on his clan by his behavior with David. So God, orchestrating events -unseen- , graciously gave Mordechai a chance to reverse the stain of dishonor of the disobedience of his ancestor. This has become my understanding of some of what God was up to in this book. I welcome your thoughts.
Charmaine Kelder
Vancouver, B.C.
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