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Purim: (lit. "lots"), the holiday that commemorates the Jews' salvation from Haman's plot to annihilate them.
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VII, p. 20ff. I. In many years,[I.e., whenever there is a leap year.] Parshas Vayikra is read on a Shabbos which is close to Purim. This leads to the conclusion that the significance and positive quality of Purim is alluded to in thi...
I “There is one people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom...” -Esther 3:8 The evil Haman used these words to convince King Achashverosh to destroy the Jewish people. His argument emphasized “scattered and disper...
You probably think I am joking, and the relationship between Purim and curtains goes no further than a Purim joke. Read this great story for a true story of Purim of the Curtains . . .
There is something strange in the name of Purim. Firstly, it is a Persian word (meaning “lots”—the lots that Haman cast in deciding when to issue his decree against the Jews). And secondly, its reference is to the danger with which the Jews were confronte...
He saw him coming. Everyone else knelt to prostrate himself, but Mordechai sat upright. As Haman approached, his eyes met Mordechai’s. They didn’t see anger or rebellion, but rather the calm, resolute gaze of someone who knows what he stands for and choos...
When Mordechai alerted Queen Esther about Haman’s decree, she told him: “Go and gather together all the Jews and fast for me for three days.” Why did she ask him to gather the Jews together? Why didn’t she just tell him that the people should fast? Esther...
Signs of Distinction The Megillah describes the outcome of the Purim story with one brief phrase:Esther 8:16. “And the Jews experienced light and joy, gladness and honor.” Our SagesMegillah 16b. associate each of these terms with a mitzvah: ‘Light’ refers...
There are 50 Gates of Understanding. Then there is Purim.
"המן הרע הזה" “This wicked Haman” (7:6) QUESTION: In the Haggadah of Pesach we are told that the way to deal with a rasha is to knock out his teeth. There is no doubt that Haman was a rasha, so why didn’t Mordechai knock out Haman’s teeth? ANSWER: Accordi...
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