Posted on | February 20, 2013 | By Administrator | 10 Comments
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato writes in “The Way of G-d”:
…Purim involved Israel being saved from destruction during the Babylonian exile. As a result of this they reconfirmed their acceptance of the Torah, this time taking it upon themselves forever. Our Sages teach us that “they accepted the Torah once again in the days of Achashverosh”. The details of the observance of both these festivals are related to the particular rectification associated with them.
To accept the Torah on Sinai we needed to be united as if the entire nation was “One Man with One Heart”. On Purim, when we re-accept the Torah, we once again achieved that unity in the face of annihilation.
The mitzvos of the day, charity to the poor, giving gifts of food, a meal with family and friends give us actions leading to unity. But we also need to be united in thought and emotion.
Can we commit to true unity for Purim?
Can we focus on the successes, and financially and emotionally support all our local institutions who are truly there to serve us?
Can we convince ourselves that it’s not really a big mitzvah to air every piece of dirty laundry Ad infinitum?
Can we support those dedicated to spreading Torah to our fellow Jews, without undermining them by questioning their effectiveness?
Can we commit to true achdus?
Any suggestions on small steps we can take on that path?