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Purim

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Purim: (lit. "lots"), the holiday that commemorates the Jews' salvation from Haman's plot to annihilate them.
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, ...
The megillah is called the Scroll of Esther, emphasizing her role in the miracle of Purim. Explore the special feminine connection to Purim on five levels of understanding.
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 fo...
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Purim’s Powerful Message
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
Awe, Snap!
Some mini-chassidim give an entertaining lesson in Purim observance. (Produced by Adam Nesenoff)
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 s...
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...
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