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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).

Link: Always Happy

Daily Thought

In the Hebrew month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, a voice inside whispers that it’s time to return home.

Some return, even from the most distant places. Some want to return, but cannot overcome their ways.

So the voice inside whispers, “I know you want to return. I appreciate that.”

Some more return. Some try, but are just too tied down.

So the voice inside whispers again, “Even if you don’t return now, I want you to know that you are deeply loved.”

Upon feeling such love, an unbounded love that comes from the very essence of being, who could not return?

In the month before Rosh Hashanah, listen for that voice. Listen deeply.

Maamar Ani L’Dodi 5726, s’if 5.