Tagged with Purim

A Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

A Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

This year, for the first time in my life, the one who was about to read the m’gilla in the synagogue announced that he was going to be reading the second word of verse 3:4 as both k’omram, as per the tradition, and as b’omram, as per the way it appears written in the text. … Continue reading

Parashath Zachor: Remember What, Exactly? Part 3

(part 1, part 2) The sages identify Haman and his sons with some of the villains mentioned in Ezra who sought to stop the reconstruction of the Temple (Ezra 4:4-6) Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and harried them while they were building, and hired counsellors against them, … Continue reading

Parashath Zachor: Remember What, Exactly? Part 2

(Part 1) Ezra the Zionist and the Four Parashiyoth We usually attribute the enactment of the public reading of the four parashiyoth to Ezra and his contemporaries. Why then? What happened at that juncture in history that warranted or necessitated the enactment? The four parashiyoth serve to remind us of our seasonal dues toward the … Continue reading

Shushan Purim and the Slight to Eretz Yisrael

Laws of Megilla and Hanukka, 1:4-5: Every city, whether in Eretz Yisrael or in the diaspora, that was surrounded by a wall at the time of Joshua bin Nun should read the Megillah on the fifteenth ofAdar. This applies even when a wall does not surround the city at present. Such a city is called a כרך. Every city that … Continue reading

Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

Basically, the major biblical holidays were agricultural celebrations. Over the course of the exile, they lost their significance, and we created replacement meanings for them. We can therefore well understand why, of all the ancient holidays, Hazal felt that only Hanukka and Purim will remain. In essence, they represent different but still eternal aspects of … Continue reading