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 of Lot” where all the persons actions are done on their own accord, without the person’s intent – whether at the commencement of the act or the end of the act.

Nevertheless, notwithstanding that the individual is not consciously present, he remains in a state of cleaving with G-d, blessed be He.

Haman’s power came from the accusation expressed in the Talmud (Megillah 12a) “they bowed down to the image.” This conveys that the Jewish People have a proclivity towards evil, and must exert effort not to sin.

However, in truth this is not the case, for, “they only pretended to worship,” but in actuality had no intention in idolatry. This is because Israel at its core has no connection to evil whatsoever. Sin can only be in its most external manifestation.

When a person reaches the point of complete drunkenness, yet, nevertheless cleaves to G-d, they express this core – that in essence they are one with G-d.

Every Purim we merit this revelation. It is akin to shabbat, which in turn is similar to to the world to come. Shabbat is holiness that occurs without Israel effectuating it, whereas on the holidays the Jewish people must create the holiness.

On Purim as well, Israel does not need to create the sanctification. Indeed, the mitzvah of the day is to be totally inebriated – a state of not knowing, which precludes intervention.

On Purim we merit to a lottery: Just as a lottery a person benefits without his toil, so too on Purim one reaches a state of cleaving to G-d which surpasses one’s efforts.”

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