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Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Continuing with the idea of the relevance of Rupture and Reconstruction 20 years later, some years ago I wrote about this, which discusses phenomena symptomatic of our modern proclivities to monstrous stringency. Every year has its novelty. The incidental differences in halachic practice that developed in the Diaspora were inevitable; the question before us today … Continue reading

Parashath Zachor and the Six Remembrances in Halachic Context

Parashath Zachor and the Six Remembrances in Halachic Context

This brings us to the issue of the Shesh Z’chiroth, the Six Remembrances, printed in many siddurim after the daily morning prayers. According to Artscroll. “The Torah commands that six events be remembered always. Consequently, some authorities maintain that the verses containing these commandments should be recited daily.” The OU’s website says this (twice, for … Continue reading

Parashath Zachor: Remember What, Exactly? Part 4

Parashath Zachor: Remember What, Exactly? Part 4

(Part 3) As Parashath Zachor rolls around, I am reminded about how the sages saw a positive aspect of Haman’s decrees (Megilla 14a): “The king removed his ring and gave it to Haman.” R Abba b. Kahana said: This removal of the ring was more efficacious than the forty-eight prophets and seven prophetesses who prophesied … 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