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Apr 19 2018, Iyyar 4, 5778
Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora

Purim

A Jew & A Pig

A thought from R. Tzadok: The Jew is the opposite of the pig. Concerning the pig, the midrash (Bereishit Rabba 65:1) states “that though it is non-kosher, it shows off its split hooves, acting as if it were.” The Jew is the opposite: It vocally shouts “arur Mordechai, baruch Haman,” but it cannot escape its … Read more

Purim – Raise Faith

By Rabbi Dovid Markel The word אמונה which means faith is related to the word אֹמֵן which means to raise, as in the verse (Esther, 2:7) וַיְהִי אֹמֵן אֶת הֲדַסָּה – and he raised Hadasa. A person cannot have faith unless they nurture and raise it.

Purim – I Am and I Don’t Think

By Rabbi Dovid Markel The service of Purim is the reverse of Rene Descartes’ statement “I think therefore I am.” On Purim, we are to be at a point of “Ad dlo yada” – complete lack of self-identity. More deeply stated: We are to reach the essence of our soul, where “I am” and “G-d … Read more

Seize The Moment

When Esther was contemplating whether or not to approach King Achashveirosh on behalf of her people, Morderchai told her (Esther 4:14) that if she does not go before him, “relief and rescue will arise for the Jews from elsewhere, and you and your father’s household will perish.” The fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, … Read more

Don’t Forget Yourself

The Talmud (Pesachim 68b) states, “R. Yosef said: All agree that on Purim we require ‘for you’ too. What is the reason? Days of feasting and gladness is written in connection therewith.” Though the literal meaning of the above Talmudic statement is that on Purim one must physically rejoice and not overlook their physical needs, … Read more

Purim and Love

By: Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui   In many books, it tells us that there is a deep connection between the Holiday of Yom Kippur – the day of Atonement and Purim – this Sunday March 20, 2011. In Hebrew, names of everything are not just a means for identifying something. Names are actually descriptions of that object. The connection … Read more