Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!
Vayikra, unlike Shemot, is not really about revelation. It's about the daily struggle to raise man above his own physicality.
The entire Book of Esther's a story of masks-Esther, Mordechai, and Haman-even God-conceal something
Purim gives us a framework to understand our lives and remain optimistic in the midst of all the darkness
Purim's lesson, relevant today & always, is about our belief that God is always present in our lives
It's nice to step back and appreciate the mitzvah in a fresh and minimalist way.
"You are my witnesses, says the Lord. I am G-d."
It helps us live with the reality that what we do have comes from His never-ending kindness.
She Ate Unwittingly ‘If She Married A Kohen She Eats Terumah’ (Kiddushin 10b)
We were pleasantly surprised, just after my wife lit the Shabbos candles, when Sonja’s face lit up and she exclaimed, “I remember my mother doing that!”
"But when you buy two items, each one costs less," reasoned Mrs. Simcha. "How can you say that Mr. Sasson's was full cost and ours half-price?!"
Question: Taking into account the fact that one might have to travel on Purim day, may one make one’s Purim se’udah on Purim eve? No Name Please
According to the Shach, the prohibition against erka’ot akum does not apply when Jewish litigants agree to litigate in front of a named non-Jewish judge.
Magazine estimates that during this time his wealth increased at the rate of a million dollars an hour.
This is the parshah we read on Purim morning, before we read the Megillah. Therefore, if a person missed Parshas Zachor, he can make it up for it on Purim with the leining of parshas Vayavo Amalek.
“Noch azoy ah churbon"--after such slaughter (the Holocaust) we must kiss every living Jew and embrace him with love”
Vayikra, the Torah’s middle book, gives the critical light to the Torah's other books around it.
Aleph Beta helps us learn how to read the perplexing book of Leviticus.
The quality of our prayers may have to take precedence over quantity, some may no longer work for us