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Purim: (lit. "lots"), the holiday that commemorates the Jews' salvation from Haman's plot to annihilate them.
Different megillah reading days for villagers and city dwellers
A Villager in the Palace
When the Jewish people as a whole dwelt in the Land of Israel, the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) on Purim was not necessarily read on the same day for all Jews. In fact, depending on where one lived, there could be a disparity of up to fo...
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Purim and Its Special Mitzvahs
Purim’s Powerful Message
Queen Esther’s Radical Diplomacy
Despite being prized for her beauty, Queen Esther chose to appear before the king after a long and difficult fast. Why? Because she realized that the most important things are the ones that cannot be seen.
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Purim in Halachah
Awe, Snap!
Purim Mini-Chassidim
Some mini-chassidim give an entertaining lesson in Purim observance. (Produced by Adam Nesenoff)
The Holiday of Purim
The Purim Lottery
The festival of Purim is named after the lots that the wicked Haman casted to determine the “best” date to carry out his evil scheme. In the end, however, the date proved to be propitious for the Jews. What is the connection between a lottery and Jewish s...
Purim and the Letter “Mem”
The four special mitzvahs of Purim all start with the letter “mem”: 1) Megillah, 2) Mishloach manot (sending food gifts to friends), 3) Matanot la’evyonim (charity to the poor), and 4) Mishteh (a festive meal). What is the deeper significance of this conn...
Letters and Numbers of the Festivals—Purim
Purim and Speech
The name Purim means "lotteries." The first letter of this word is the letter peh which also means "mouth." The entire story of Purim is really about the various "mouths" that spoke up at various times.
Contrasting Three of the Purim Mitzvahs
Levels of Simcha on Purim
This class deeply analyzes various passages where Maimonides describes the parameters for observing three of the special Purim mitzvahs: rejoicing at a feast, sending food gifts to friends, and giving monetary gifts to the poor. (Based on Likutei Sichos v...
Laws, Customs, Insights
A Purim Overview
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.
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