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The Real story of the Megillah - Extended Coverage

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The Real story of the Megillah

 

This week we are simply going to tell a story. You might have heard this story before, but never like this. It’s a story most of us were taught from the age of 3. But equally, most of us have never upgraded our knowledge of it…

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Forward march

The Me’iri explains that the reason the Mishnah forbids reading the Megillah in reverse order (from the end part back to the beginning) is that only when one reads the story forwards does one gain an appreciation for how the individual events came together to form the magnificent Divinely-woven tapestry…

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all about the money

One of the things which seems to make an non-insignificant appearance in the Megillah is the sum of money. Haman is constantly stressing the fact that he wants to give the king money to have the Jews killed, whilst Achashveirosh refuses such an offer. Why is the money an important…

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Mishloach Manos

 

 

 

Esther and Mordechai instituted mishlo’ach manos as part of the Purim festivities. What has this got to do with Purim? Purim is about recognising HaShem’s Hand in events - that He is behind everything that happens. Where does sending food to one’s mate come into this? We…

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Purim: Four Lessons in Jewish Survival

The late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik highlights four lessons that arise from Megillat Esther, that have contemporary relevance: 1. Man has satanic demons inside him, therefore don't trust man. The Jews of Persia had no reason that a new prime minister would seek to wipe them out. But Haman prevailed upon…

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Purim: ESTHER: THERE'S A WILL - THERE'S A WAY!

Esthers' Character development through the Megillah: The Megillah is named after Esther, seemingly because she is the hero of our story, she leads King Achashverosh and Haman by the nose and ends up destroying the decree to wipe out the Jewish people. This is quite remarkable considering the information we…

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Purim Costumes: The Inside Story

A simple Jew was once travelling on a journey. He arrived at a certain town near nightfall, and desperately sought lodgings at the town inn. To his dismay, he learned that there was no room in the inn since a group of soldiers were staying there. He pleaded until the…

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