THE PURIM MIRACLE 1

HaShem Saves BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 1-2 Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov ESTHER CHAPTER 1 In the public reading of the Torah in the synagogue, only one person at a time may read aloud to the congregation, because hearing more than one voice would be distracting to the listeners. However, so beloved is the story of the Purim miracle told in Megillath Esther … Continue reading THE PURIM MIRACLE 1

Chag Purim

וַיֹּ֥אמֶר מָרְדֳּכַ֖י לְהָשִׁ֣יב אֶל־אֶסְתֵּ֑ר אַל־תְּדַמִּ֣י בְנַפְשֵׁ֔ךְ לְהִמָּלֵ֥ט בֵּית־הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ מִכָּל־הַיְּהוּדִֽים׃ Mordecai had this message delivered to Esther: “Do not imagine that you, of all the Jews, will escape with your life by being in the king’s palace. כִּ֣י אִם־הַחֲרֵ֣שׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי֮ בָּעֵ֣ת הַזֹּאת֒ רֶ֣וַח וְהַצָּלָ֞ה יַעֲמ֤וֹד לַיְּהוּדִים֙ מִמָּק֣וֹם אַחֵ֔ר וְאַ֥תְּ וּבֵית־אָבִ֖יךְ תֹּאבֵ֑דוּ וּמִ֣י יוֹדֵ֔עַ אִם־לְעֵ֣ת כָּזֹ֔את הִגַּ֖עַתְּ לַמַּלְכֽוּת׃ On the contrary, if you keep silent in this … Continue reading Chag Purim

Likutey Tefilot FG for Purim 

  H“ 216 / GATE FIFTIETH THE (74, II (37 a is Purim Because Parah Parashat Read We Pesach for Preparation Torah the, Parah Parashat read we, Purim After to us reminds This. Heifer Red the describing portion .Pesach for preparation in ourselves purify and, Pesach from were beginnings all, Originally the of recollection a are commandments the of all so so And. beginning the … Continue reading Likutey Tefilot FG for Purim 

THE PURIM MIRACLE 4

BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 7-8 Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov NOTE: This email contains commentary on FOUR chapters, Esther 7-10. No study emails will be sent tomorrow (March 1, Purim). The next email is scheduled for Friday, March 2 when we will G-d willing resume our studies of the prophets with Tzephaniah chapters 2-3. ESTHER CHAPTER 7 Seeing Esther invite Haman to her … Continue reading THE PURIM MIRACLE 4

THE PURIM MIRACLE 2

BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 3-4 Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov ESTHER CHAPTER 3 V 1: “After these things Ahashverosh promoted Haman…” Ahashverosh’s feast had taken place in the third year of his fourteen-year reign (Esther 1:3), while Esther became queen four years later, in the seventh year of his reign (Esther 2:16). It was not until five years after that, in the twelfth … Continue reading THE PURIM MIRACLE 2

Purim / פורים

Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm “lots”, from the word pur, related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). Reading of the Megillah Purim in the streets of Jerusalem The first religious ceremony … Continue reading Purim / פורים

Ta’anit Esther / תענית אסתר

The Fast of Esther (Ta’anit Ester, Hebrew: תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר) is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. If the date of the Fast of Esther falls on Shabbat (Saturday), the fast is instead observed on the preceding Thursday. Like other minor fasts, Ta’anit Esther begins at dawn (first … Continue reading Ta’anit Esther / תענית אסתר

KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 3-4

BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 3-4 Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov ESTHER CHAPTER 3 V 1: “After these things Ahashverosh promoted Haman…” Ahashverosh’s feast had taken place in the third year of his fourteen-year reign (Esther 1:3), while Esther became queen four years later, in the seventh year of his reign (Esther 2:16). It was not until five years after that, in the twelfth … Continue reading KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 3-4

Purim Katan

Purim Katan is a rare guest that deserves special attention. In the 19-year cycle of regular and leap years we have nineteen Purims, but only seven Purim Katans. We must truly utilize it for special activities.   There’s a strong connection between Purim and Purim Katan. The Mishnah teaches: “There is no difference between the first Adar and the second Adar, but the reading of … Continue reading Purim Katan