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Purim Audio Classes

Discover more about Purim in these fascinating classes and lectures on the Purim themes.

The Megillah of Esther - Part 1
Audio | 1:03:18
The Megillah of Esther
Part 1
A detailed chapter-by-chapter overview of the Megillah of Esther sewn together with keen insights and timely life messages--covering an introduction and chapters 1-2.
The Megillah of Esther - Part 2
Audio | 1:06:48
The Megillah of Esther
Part 2
A detailed chapter-by-chapter overview of the Megillah of Esther sewn together with keen insights and timely life messages--covering chapters 3-5.
The Megillah of Esther - Part 3
Part 3
A detailed chapter-by-chapter overview of the Megillah of Esther sewn together with keen insights and timely life messages--covering chapters 6-10.
The Story of Purim
Audio | 54:46
The Story of Purim
More than just a story: What if Esther was not just a woman in history, but a part of your soul, and Mordechai was the other part?
Holiday Basics—Purim
What’s the real reason for eating hamantashen on Purim? Learn the basic customs and a general overview for Purim.
Two Mighty Empires
The story of Purim is best understood within context of its historical circumstances. The Purim saga is a convergence of Babylonian might, Persian arrogance and Jewish faith.
Purim - The Real Story
You've heard the story of Purim -- we all know the basic story. But how much of the story do you really know. Join us in exploring the story of Purim and its application to reality today
Decoding the Megillah’s Message
Unravel the deeper message encoded in the megillah and gain an appreciation for the subtle ideas tucked away inside the megillah’s folds.
Purim – Judaism Take Two
“The people performed the mitzvahs they had previously accepted” - Esther 9:16. By returning to the inner soul of Torah the people revealed a second dimension in Judaism previously unknown.
Purim: Veiled
Audio | 48:14
Purim: Veiled
Part 1
Similar to our masquerading on Purim, it seems that G-d masked himself from getting any face time in the Megillah, why?
Beyond the Gallows
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Beyond the Gallows
Part 2
The megillah tells us that Haman schemes to hang Mordechai, the Jew, on gallows of fifty cubits height, what’s the significance of this detail?
Just Don’t Know Anymore
Part 3
The Sages teach that it was at Purim that we accepted the Torah, our covenant with G-d, but didn’t that happen at Sinai?
Torah Gems - Purim
Audio | 61:31
Torah Gems - Purim
Experience the gems of Purim with the classic commentaries, and a kabbalistic twist.
Talk on Purim
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Talk on Purim
An insight into the story of the Megillah: The reason why Purim was given its name; the laws of Purim, the reason why the Megillah is the only book in the entire Torah that does not have the name of G-d even once and more.
M-Cast: Purim
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M-Cast: Purim
Welcome to M-Cast, where we take a look at timely topics and see how they relate to the coming of Moshiach.
Permission to be (really) Happy
Purim is a festival of boundless joy, but being happy doesn’t always come so naturally. How do we achieve real Simcha—true happiness?
The Rest of the Story - He Would Not Bow
A true story, as told by the Chief Rabbi of Tehran, a participant in the events when Khomeini came to power, in the land of Mordechai and Esther.
The Rabbi who Slaughtered his Purim Guest
A remarkable illumination of the mystifying Talmudic story where a sage “slaughters” his colleague at the festive Purim meal.
To Life, To Life - L'Chaim!
1) Getting acquainted with “Kosher Spirits” 2) The "Real Deal" on Wine, Beer, Scotch & Single Malt Whiskies
Redemption of Purim - Part 1
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Redemption of Purim
Part 1: How The Wicked Prosper
The rise and fall of Haman; a deeper look into the source of the holy and the un-holy in the divine will, and on which level each one thrive.
Redemption of Purim - Part 2
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Redemption of Purim
Part 2: Purim Transformation
Chassidus teachings offer an analogy to the condition of exile, of a teacher and student who are in the middle of their studies. When the teacher wishes to share a more complex concept, he pauses to prepare the new lesson. It is the maturity of the student that will determine whether the interruption is seen as abandonment or devotion.
The Decree and Salvation of Purim
This class provides a thorough understanding of the deeper reason and root cause for the decree and salvation in the Purim story.
The Inner Megillah
Audio | 46:06
Advanced
The Inner Megillah
This class illuminates the deeper dimension of the Megillah – book of Esther; why there’s no mention of G-d’s name in the text and the different times for its reading.
Special Halachot for a Friday Purim
An in-depth discussion on the unique halachic implications for a Friday Purim; how is it celebrated in Jerusalem and how to combine the Purim and Shabbat meals.
Rabbi Schapiro on Purim
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Advanced
Rabbi Schapiro on Purim
This is an advanced class on the holiday of Purim.
Levels of Simcha on Purim
Audio | 53:28
Advanced
Levels of Simcha on Purim
Contrasting Three of the Purim Mitzvahs
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 vol. 16, pp. 365-372)
Purim and the Letter
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 connection?
Purim: Gifts for the Poor
Matanot LaEvyonim
One of the four special mitzvot to observe on the day of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. Why is this practice termed "gifts" (matanot) to the poor and not "charity" (tzedakah) as we might expect?
Purim, the Number Fourteen and G-d's Hand
Letters and Numbers of the Festivals—Purim
What is the difference between Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th day of the month, and Passover and Sukkot which are celebrated on the 15th day of their respective months? The answer lies in the fact that the number fourteen in Hebrew is represented by the letters yud (10) and daled (4), which spell the word "yad" which means "hand."
Purim and Speech
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Purim and Speech
Letters and Numbers of the Festivals—Purim
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.
The Purim Lottery
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The Purim Lottery
The Holiday of Purim
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 survival?
Purim Insights on the Megillah
Turn Up the Volume of Your Joy
The story of the perfect guy’s proposal
Why the constant focus on joy, and how do we increase in our joy during the month of Adar? Comparing and contrasting the holidays of Purim and Pesach sheds light on how to serve
G-d with greater joy.
Can Women Read the Megillah?
Audio | 51:39
Advanced
Can Women Read the Megillah?
An in-depth exploration of how the mitzvah of Megillah applies to women
If woman are obligated to hear the Megillah, are they permitted to read it for other woman? Or possibly even for other men? A discussion of Jewish law, concluding with a chassidic thought on Purim.
A Purim Overview
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A Purim Overview
Laws, Customs, Insights
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.
How the Megillah Became Part of the Bible
The Holiday of Purim
Mordechai’s and Esther’s different roles in the Purim story, and their influence on the way in which the megillah was ultimately written and canonized as part of the Bible.
A Villager in the Palace
Different megillah reading days for villagers and city dwellers
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 four days between the respective readings. This class will explore the spiritual and mystical relevance of this phenomenon as it probes the layers of the heavens above and the soul below. (Based on the Maamar ‘Megillah Nikraas’ 5737)
Four Strategies for Happiness
Purim is meant to be the most joyous day of the year, so surely we can learn keys to joy from the four mitzvahs we follow to celebrate Purim.
Purim: How Jewish Are You?
A deeper look at how we relate to our Jewish identity.
Words that Conquer the Heart
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Words that Conquer the Heart
Meditation for the Public Fast of Esther
The meaning of the public fast (Fast of Esther) observed on the day before Purim.
Mystical Gallows
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Mystical Gallows
Where Haman hangs and Mordechai muses.
This class is a synopsis of the Chassidic discourse (maamar) the Rebbe delivered in the famous Purim farbrengen (gathering) of 1958. The maamar is based on the teaching of our Sages that when the wicked Haman erected the wooden gallows to hang Mordechai, G-d in Heaven declared that it would not come to pass, “For Abraham has already preceded you when he invited the angels to find shade under the tree”. The maamar traces the mystical history of Abraham’s tree and, as always, leaves us with novel and inspiring insight.
When Death Takes a Holiday
Haman rejoiced greatly when his lottery to determine the date of the ‘Final Solution’ fell on Adar, considering it the most propitious omen possible, for it is the month that Moses died. However, there are far more sadder and calumnious months in the calendar than Adar, so why wouldn’t he be even more pleased if the lottery fell on one of them?! The answer reveals an astounding layer of meaning to the ever-relevant story of Purim. (Based in part on Likutei Sichos volume 26, Sicha 1)
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