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 today with the new month of Adar. The highlights are the Fast of Esther which occurs on Wednesday, March 7th (from dawn until nightfall) and the holiday of Purim which commences on Wednesday evening, March 7th with the reading of the Book of Esther. The day of Purim consists of the fulfillment of the four mitzvoth of the day.
- Hearing the Book of Esther in the evening and morning
- Gifts to the Poor – Matanot LeEvyonim
- Gifts to Your Friends – Mishloach Manot
- Festive Purim Feast – Purim Seudah
The Six Secrets of Purim, beginning on Sunday, March 4th, 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 our special Purim edition of “40 Days to a Better You” as we unlock the secrets of this holiday. Sign up to receive the daily messages. Be in touch via email with your own Purim inspiration or questions about the holiday.
Looking forward! Wishing you and your families a Happy Adar and Purim!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen