Hello Dear Reader,
Welcome to the short, practical Weekly Dvar,
although sometimes it may come to you more than once a week (like this
week). I had a little thought about Purim (sort of follows from last
week's Dvar, too), and thought you might enjoy it. While you're reading
this, though, feel free to respond with comments, questions, referrals,
donations, or anything else. Enjoy...
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The story of Purim starts with a party, ends with a party, and includes
another party in the middle. The first party is the one that Achashverosh
threw, the one where holy utensils were used, and the Jews nevertheless
participated in. This was a mistake. Then Esther decided to fix the Jews'
troubles, and did it by having a party, and confronting Haman at this
private party. Coincidence?
It could be that Esther realized that to fix the inappropriateness of
the first party she needed to have another party to right those wrongs.
Once the efforts of the Jews had shifted toward G-d, the party Esther had
prepared indeed corrected what was wronged. And finally, the Jews
celebrated their victory by having yet another party, and again showed G-d
and the world that they knew how to party, correctly. This Purim, and from
now on, let us also show the world that we know how to party,