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Historical Background: In 169 BCE in Eretz Yisrael, during the period of the second Beit Hamikdash Antiochus, the king of Greece breached the walls of Jerusalem, desecrated the Beit Hamikdash, the holy temple, and killed as well as sold to slavery thousands of Jews. Shortly thereafter, Antiochus passed laws forbidding Jews to practice the Mitzvot […]

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History of Jewish Genocide Haman wanted to destroy all of the Jewish people – men, women, and children. We have had many decrees, but there was never a decree like this before: a decree of total genocide on our entire people. There is a similar occurrence in our history, but it was not quite the […]

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Most of the Yomim Tovim are within our realm of human comprehension, which the holy hakedoshim refer to as “yeda” (knowing). However, Purim is an exception, since it does not lie within our realm of comprehension. It is called the level of “lo yeda” [1](“not knowing”), because it lies outside rational knowledge. Therefore, we do […]

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Purim – Rectifying the Sin of the Golden Calf The birth and the existence of the Jewish people is based on the event of standing at Har Sinai to receive the Torah, where we uttered “Naaseh V’Nishmah”, “We will do and we will hear.” On Purim, there was a renewed acceptance of the Torah. When […]

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