Purim – Mishloach Manos and Matanos L’evyonim

One of the unique features of Purim, are the mitzvos concerning giving to one’s fellow Jew.  We are obligated to give mishloach manos[1] and matanas la’evyonim[2].  There is no other festival in which there is a similar obligation of chessed (kindness).  What is the connection between these mitzvos and the story of Purim?  This question

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Purim – Keeping Hope

The Gemara tells us that the terrible decree to destroy the Jewish people was a punishment for their partaking of the banquet of Achashveirosh[1].  Throughout the period of the first Beis HaMikdash, the Prophets were rebuking the Jewish people for terrible sins, including Avoda Zara, and yet they

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Accidents Don’t Happens

With time, those with open eyes come to recognize that life is peppered with strange, small ironies – “coincidences” that others don’t even notice, or unthinkingly dismiss.  The famous psychiatrist Carl Jung puzzled over such happenings, which he felt were evidence of some “acausal connecting principle” in

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Purim In The Valley Of Tears

Author: I.I Cohen We sat listlessly on our bunks, waiting impatiently for the high point of our day – our meager ration of bread.  It was my seventh month in Dachau’s Death Camp #4. “Do you know that tomorrow is Purim?” I asked, trying to distract my

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Making the Connection

I was first introduced to serious Judaism while visiting Israel as part of a round-the-world tour. There were many things that struck me about our religion; the depth of wisdom in the Torah, the lofty ethical directives, the thriving family relationships and the spirituality — particularly how

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Purim

This is a rabbinical holiday that is based on the historical events that occurred during the Babylonian exile between the destruction of the first Beis HaMikdash and the building of the 2nd Beis HaMikdash.The story is about a king named Achashverosh and his rule in which numerous

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Stalin and the Purim Gift

Author: Am Echad Resources A new book reveals that Stalin met his fate poised to launch a post-Holocaust holocaust of his own. March 5 this year was the first day of the Jewish month Adar (actually the second of two Adars during this Jewish leap year). We

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Remember Amalek Part I

Author: Rabbi Paysach Freedman (based on an address by Rav Zev Leff “Remember what Amalek did to you, on the way when you were leaving Egypt………Wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven – you shall not forget!” (Devarim 25:17-19) “‘Remember what Amalek did to

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Purim

Author: Based on a shmues that Rav Yaakov Weinberg ztl gave to the Baltimore Community just before Purim On Yom Kippur they came to the Kohain Gadol and explained to him all the laws that went against the Tziddukim and they would make him swear that he

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Parshas Zachor

(based on teachings of Rav Weinberg ztl) (Taken from a shiur given to Baal Habatim- I have tried to use Rav Yaakov ZTL’s lashonos as he said it.) There is a davar that seems clear -a machlokes as to what the mitzvah is in remembering Amalek. The

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Chronology of the Purim Miracle

Author: Taken from book Turnabout 3395 – Feast of Achashveirosh in the third year of his reign; Queen Vashti, granddaughter of Nevuchadnetzar, slain for defying the king. 3399 – Teves – Esther becomes queen in place of Vashti. Mordechai appointed to king’s gate; Bigsan – Seresh plot; promotion of Haman. 3404 – Nisan

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Purim

(based on teachings of Rav Noah Weinberg) Anti Semitism is not a 20th century phenomena. Indeed, looking back through the years, one can see how the Jewish people have been the object of attack time and time again. How are we to react to such persecution? What

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Purim

Introduction: Purim is the last holiday of the holiday cycle. It needs a whole year of preparation. Only through the growth that we acquire during the year can we enter Purim with the necessary spiritual tools to celebrate it properly. Purim is a very special holiday for

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Purim- Marbim B’Simcha

(based on teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg ztl) MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha. Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l once gave the following shmues. What is the inyan of Marbim B’Simcha? What does it entail? We are familiar with the chiyuv of simcha on Yom Tov and what our obligations

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The Villainy of Vashti

Author: Rebbetzin Tzipporah Heller The character of Queen Vashti in the Purim story helps us define what it means to be hero or a villain. As the story of Purim in the Book of Esther begins, King Achashverosh of Persia is holding a banquet. On the seventh

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Purim

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse The holiday of Purim is a day filled with joy, a joy that starts with the beginning of the month of Adar and continues after Purim into the month of Nissan. What is the source for this overflowing joy? On Purim we read

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Megillas Esther

By: Rabbi Moshe Cohen Chapter One 1:1 “hoo Achashverosh” Rashi: explains that he remained the same wicked person from the beginning to the end, despite all of the miracles that he had witnessed. “hamolech” He was not of royal descent. “sheva ve’esreem oomeya medina” See Medrash Rabba

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Deeper Meaning of Purim

Author: Rabbi Benyamin Buxbaum Intro Every Jewish holiday serves to instill in us a different concept. To do Purim right, we need to understand the essence of Purim. The Ramchal states that there are two aspects to Purim: The Jewish People being saved from destruction at the

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