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Essays on various Purim subjects

Fascinating expositions on the story of Purim, its observances and its mystical significance.

Why Didn’t Mordechai Bow to Haman?
An in-depth read on the heroic defiance of a Jewish leader
How Purim Flips Theology Inside-Out and Upside-Down
A chassidic meditation on the ambiguity of Achashveirosh in the Megillah and of G-d in the world
The Pur of Purim
What's the story with those "lots" anyway? Why did Haman cast them, and why do we make such a big deal out of them? The parallels and differences between Purim and Yom Kippur
The Thousand Year Difference
As formulated at Sinai, the contract between G‑d and Israel contained certain vulnerabilities. It was only nine-and-a-half centuries later that our acceptance of the Torah was established upon an unshakable foundation.
A Singular People
Female light, Jewish joy, a different kind of sacrifice and two black boxes
A Feast and a Fast
What the Jews ate, why Esther fasted, and what are the Garments of Nature?
Esther's Story
The two versions of Purim
Originally, there were two different conceptions of how the miracle of Purim should be commemorated, propagated by the two heroes and founders of Purim, Mordechai and Esther
Love in the Ice Age
10th of Tevet
If a cold and dark world mutes the light of G‑d and dulls our minds and hearts, it only accentuates the most basic and essential element of our relationship: the bond between the physical self of man and the quintessential being of G‑d.
Purim & the Transformation of Madness
Does G‑d play dice with the universe?
“The Chanukah thing,” he says, “I pretty much got down. It’s about rationalism. But what’s with Purim and the Persians?” “It’s just the opposite,” I answered. “It’s about chaos and the totally random.”
An Assortment of Purim-Related Halachic Issues
Important things to keep in mind for before and during Purim.
Did Achashverosh Rule the World?
We know that Achashverosh ruled over the sprawling Persian Empire. But just how big was his kingdom?
When to Roll the Scroll
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