Dispersed and Separated Among the Nations
Rovo said: There is no one who knew loshon hora as
well as Homon. Loshon hora always refers to telling
the truth, albeit in a destructive way. So Homon, in his
arguments to Achashverosh about destroying all the Jews, was
telling the truth about us.
"Being" Joyful on Purim
We can approach our yearly cycle like a ladder, with our
yomim tovim as rungs to climb to elevate ourselves to
greater spiritual heights. The year starts on Pesach, as it
says, "Hachodesh hazeh lochem rosh chodoshim," which
is the birth of Am Yisroel. Just as with a newborn one
sterilizes and carefully supervises everything the baby
consumes, so too on Pesach, we are extremely careful not to
have any chometz.
by S. Bilgrei
Remember Amolek: The Connection To Purim
Why were the Jews worthy of destruction at the time of Purim?
The gemora offers two possibilities: Either because
they had bowed to the avoda zora of Nevuchadnetzer, or
because "nehenu miseudas Achashverosh" -- they took
pleasure from the party of Achashverosh.
by Paysach Freedman
Who is Respected?
The days of Purim fall right after the week we read
Parshas Tetzaveh. There is a solid connection between
the weekly portion that deals with the priestly garments and
the central content of Purim -- the eradication of Amolek.
One a counterpoint against the other. The priestly garments,
which are designed for honor and glory, versus their complete
antithesis -- the figure of Amolek in disgrace, stripped of
by L. Jungerman
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