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In memory of Bennie Magy - Bentziyon ben Avraham v Elke Magy, who passed away Menachem Av 22, 5749 - August 23, 1989 and Rose Magy - Rivka Rayzel Bat Chayim Yaakov v'Chaya Tertza Arbit, who passed away Tamuz 2, 5765 - July 9, 2005. May their souls experience a lichtiger Gan Eden - an illuminated Garden of Eden and may their family only experience Simchas from now on. Sponsored by their son Paul Magy - Birmingham, Michigan.
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Purim begins Saturday night March 11. The Purim feast highlights the Purim celebration. This meal is to be the most splendid of meals. It should start Sunday afternoon and continue until after dark.
At this meal, it is customary to partake in adult beverages "until one cannot distinguish between blessing Mordechai and cursing Haman." The question arises, why would one want to curse Mordechai or bless Haman, Ch”v? The adage is not to curse Mordechai etc., but not to be able to distinguish between the two. The expression in Hebrew is "ad d’lo yada" - until one does not know." Chasidic philosophy defines knowledge as an eternal connection. When one meditates deeply on a concept until they understand and feel the ramifications of that concept, when they are bound and united with that concept, they know it. Knowledge is an intellectual trait. Purim is a time for relating to the Almighty in a supra rational manner.
Haman’s decree was to kill all the Jews in one day. Had any of the Jewish people renounced their Judaism, they would have been spared. No one did. Mordechai organized the largest kids rally ever. Twenty-four thousand children were assembled in the capital city of Shushan. There, Mordechai instilled a deep feeling of Jewish pride. He then instructed the children to go home and instill that feeling in their parents; which they did. The Book of Esther recounts that the Jews did what they had started to do. They started receiving the Torah nearly 800 years earlier. They moved away from it and were exiled to Persia. With intellect aside, they rededicated themselves to Judaism in the days of Mordechai. This could only have been as an expression of the essence of the soul.
At our Purim feast, we are to celebrate not just the vanquishing of our enemies (there’s a joke going around the Internet; Jewish Holidays - We were attacked, we won, let’s eat), but the Jewish people’s ability to relate to G'd in a manner higher than intellect. What we must do at this feast, is go beyond the demands of the intellect, unite ourselves with G'd, who is the source of intellect and become supra intellectual beings.
The Schpoile Zeide, lived about 200 years ago, had a disciple who lived in Romania. A competitor turned him into the authorities and accused him of tax evasion. The chosid traveled to Schpoile to seek advice from his Rebbe. The Rebbe instructed him to have the court case scheduled for Purim afternoon. As for an attorney, he, the disciple would recognize him at the courthouse as wearing red mittens and a white hat. The Schpoile Zeide also mentioned that there was a poor bride that needed 300 rubles for her wedding and dowry.
That Purim, the Rebbe scheduled a Purim schpiel at his Purim feast. A Purim schpiel is a play poking fun at something. That year’s schpiel would be the court case in Romania. The chief rabbi of Schpoile was the judge; the Rebbe was the lawyer, replete with red mittens and white hat. The rest of the players were cast. The prosecution went first. Every time the poor fellow would open his mouth to make an accusation, everyone in the room would laugh. He could not get a syllable out of his mouth. Next came the defense. The Schpoile Zeide presented a brilliant Perry Mason-esque dissertation extolling the virtues of the defendant and totally discrediting the witnesses. The verdict was reached, not guilty.
Several weeks later, this disciple returned to Schpoile with the good news of his acquittal. The residents prodded him for details. Much to their amazement, the trial in Romania went pretty much the way it did in Schpoile. The details of the defense attorney’s oration were identical.
When the chosid greeted his Rebbe in a private audience, the Rebbe congratulated him on his victory and told him that the eloquent lawyer was a defending angel created in the merit of charity he gave for that poor bride.
Have a freilichen (most joyous) Purim!
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