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Shushan Purim 5776

Sunset photo by Lilli Halley, Fairfield, Iowa USA

Today is known as Shushan Purim, the second day of Purim in some areas of Israel. I don't live in a walled city, but I am enjoying a second day of Purim in my own way today. For various reasons, I was led to Isaiah 57:14, and it's my privilege to share it with you:

"And he shall say, "Pave, pave, clear the way; remove the obstacles from the way of My people."

Shabbat Shalom to all, and may your way be cleared of obstacles, too!

Uplifting Purim Thoughts 5776

Yedidah Cohen translated from Hebrew on the topic of Purim during our class this week. It was a writing by Rabbi Gottlieb, Yehuda Lev Ashlag and Baruch Ashlag, not currently available in English.

"The way of Mordecai is the way of Emunah, of Faith. Faith is a profound form of giving, because it is giving Kingship to Hashem. 

"The way of Hamen is simply to receive. It does not involve giving Kingship to Hashem, the God of the Universe."

It's easy to see how these two personalities are constantly in a tug-of-war within each of us. Purim is a day to acknowledge it, and to surmount it, because we have a spiritual advantage. May we all surmount Hamen this year!


The Hidden Meaning of Purim Influences Shabbos

Learning about the hidden meaning of Purim this year is showing me a deeper way to understand my experience on Shabbos.

It's all about my soul, the levels or layers in the life of my soul that I may not understand, and it's exciting. I love knowing there's more going on inside me, a bigger picture, a greater awareness I have yet to explore.

I especially love knowing I am connected to deeper parts of myself, and at the same time I am connected to Hashem.

In a little ebook published by, titled Purim Wine, I am drawn deeper into more understanding of Purim and more understanding of myself:

"If we reflect into what we said before, we can see that Purim is totally different than all other auspicious times of the year. We will not get into now what each Yom Tov reveals for us; but what we will say is something general, that each Yom Tov serves to reveal a special power of our soul. Purim is not like any other Yom Tov; Purim reveals the very root of our soul, a point that is way above our conscious state."

Purim is not mentioned in Torah because the historic events it commemorates happened long after Torah was given to the Israelites. And the Book of Esther read on Purim was the last  book included in the twenty-four books of Tanach established by The Great Assembly.

Honestly, the Purim story told in the Book of Esther and the customs associated with the holiday of Purim can be very confusing because they don't make sense. 

What makes sense to me is this - I am connected to parts of myself that are deeper and possibly darker than I want to believe. And at the same time I am connected to the incomprehensible perfection of the Creator of the Universe.

That is something I choose to explore more than once a year on Purim.

Once again (from "Purim reveals the very root of our soul..." which is something I long to explore every week on Shabbos, too, when my soul is connected, "... way above our conscious state."

Happy Shabbos Purim!!!

shabboschicpurimbasketI am set to enjoy the fascinating annual celebration of light out of  darkness this week, and do just what it says in this email I received from
This weekend (Saturday night and Sunday) is the festival of Purim. Why do we dress up on Purim? We're commemorating the miracle of Purim, which was hidden in nature. On Purim, what's inside turns outside, and what is outside turns inward. The whole world is upside down! To add more meaning to your Purim, try dressing up as something that evokes the internal dimensions of your soul. What positive aspects of yourself are concealed? Let them out to play on Purim!  This afternoon, when you light your Shabbat lights, take a minute to meditate on the aspect of yourself that is hidden, but that you'd like to bring to the surface, on Purim.

Here's a precious picture of Mishloach manot, the traditional Purim gift basket. This one is a stylized photo from the lushness of Joy Of Kosher's recipes and gifts. Yum!
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