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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Purim Katan
Jewish History

According to tradition, Moses was born on the 7th of Adar I, today was the 8th day of his life and the day on which he was circumcised in accordance with the Divine command to Abraham.

Laws and Customs

In regular years, the 14th of Adar is Purim, the festival that celebrates 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 -- Purim is celebrated in Adar II, and the 14th of Adar I is designated as Purim Kattan, the "Little Purim." There are no special observances, however, associated with 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

And these words with which I connect with you today… (Deut. 6:6)

Every day these words should be just as new for you as if they were given today. (Sifri)

How could the same mitzvah you did yesterday be new to you today? The same words of Torah as though you never knew them before? The same prayer as though you never said it before?

Through a simple meditation on what is happening when you do that mitzvah, when you study those words, when you pour out your heart in your prayer.

Contemplate that the entire universe is but a glimmer of G‑d’s infinite light. Yet, in this mitzvah, you hold the Creator Himself in your hands. As you learn His Torah, your soul joins with His very essence. In your prayer, you and He are alone as one.

It makes no difference that you feel nothing, that you are not awake to the glory of this moment, that the physical body does not allow you to perceive reality as it is. One day you will see this moment now from a place far beyond this coarse world.

But then it will be only a memory, a souvenir.

Now you have the real thing.

Because, says G‑d, today, in the moment of this mitzvah now, I, just I, beyond any name or definition, I connect with you.

And such a moment is a moment beyond time.

Maamar Tzion Bamishpat 5736.