Discover the Six Secrets of Purim: Wednesday, March 16th – Monday, March 21st
Life is a path and every holiday is a gateway to growth. What is in store for Purim? Most people associate the holiday with drinking, costumes, noise makers and the reading of the Book of Esther – the entire megillah.
In truth, though, Purim expresses some of the deepest secrets of Jewish Life. The roots of Purim trace back to the Garden of Eden with the story of the snake, Adam and Eve. According to tradition, the holiday of Purim, albeit today a minor festival, will be the greatest holiday we celebrate in the Messianic Age. What is the eternal relevance of this holiday?
Let’s go a bit deeper. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year. Yet, Jewish mysticism teaches that Purim possesses the capacity to lift us to even greater spiritual heights? How is a holiday filled with revelry and partying imbued with the potential for such holiness?
The Purim season begins with the Fast of Esther this Thursday, March 17th (from dawn until nightfall) and ends with the festival of Shushan Purim on Monday, March 21st. This coming Saturday night, we commence the holiday of Purim with the reading of the Book of Esther and embark on the fulfillment of the four mitzvoth of the day.
1. Hearing the Book of Esther in the evening and morning
2. Gifts to the Poor – Matanot LeEvyonim
3. Gifts to Your Friends – Mishloach Manot
4. Festive Purim Feast – Purim Seudah
During the next few days, we will explore how each one of these mitzvoth serves as a vehicle to inspire us to rededicate our lives to a fundamental mission of Jewish life.
Join me on journey for the next six days as we unlock the secrets of Purim. Sign up to receive the daily messages. Be in touch via email with any of your own Purim inspiration or questions about the holiday.
Looking forward! Wishing you and your families a Happy Purim!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen