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Apr 20 2018, Iyyar 5, 5778
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

HOLIDAYS

Wine In, Secrets Out

By Dovid Markel   The Talmud (Sanhedrin 38a) remarks “When wine goes in, secrets come out.” There are two types of secrets that a person can express when inebriated, secrets that the individual is aware of and secrets that even the individual himself does not know. Often, our conscious, rational mind covers over the unconscious … Read more

The Money is Gone

R. Meir of Premishlan was once asked: When we perform the Pesach Seder, we place marror on the ka’arah in commemoration of the servitude. Why do we not place some money there as well in commemoration of the wealth that they took with them upon leaving Egypt? He answered: The reason is because a remembrance … Read more

Purim – Illuminating Evil

The only way to affect the nitzutz of Ra is without intent. It is for this reason that on Purim one must reach ad dlo yada – from Pri Eitz Chaim. “This that our rabbis of blessed memory said ‘a person must drink on Purim until the point that he does not know the difference … Read more

Purim – Ad D’lo Yada

Purim, ad dlo yada, avoda and shikruso shel Lot. A thought from Reb Tzadok (Resisai Layla 31): “The Talmud (Megilla 7b) states: “It is the duty of a man to become drunk on Purim until he cannot tell the difference between ‘cursed be Haman’ and ‘blessed be Mordechai.’” This is the state of “the drunkenness … Read more

Purim – Being Asleep

A thought from R. Gershon Henich of Radzin (Sod Yesharim). Just as before the giving of the Torah there needed to be a great slumber, so too at the time of the Purim story Israel was sleeping as the verse states “ישנו עם אחד.” When a person is sleeping all that they have is their … Read more

Purim – Above Sin

A thought from Reb Yaakov Leiner of Radzin (Beit Yaakov) about Purim. When the Israelites fought Amalek, Moshe lifted his hands above his head. This is expressive that action – which comes from the heart – reaches a place that the mind can never reach. We express this on Purim with imbibing alcohol until we … Read more

Politics & Purim

By Rabbi Dovid Markel In various places, the Lubavitcher Rebbe discusses the mistake of the Jewish People during the Purim story and what they did to repair it. The Talmud (Megilla 12a) recounts that the sin of the Jewish people was that they enjoyed Achashveiroshe’s party. The Rebbe explains that the mistake was not that … Read more