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Reject evil - from your core!

Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 11:59 am

 Purim is a wonderful Holiday, one that is known for its fun and celebratory atmosphere.

There are 4 Mitzvos of Purim:

1) Hear the megillah (2x - at night and by day)

2) Send two food gifts to one friend

3) Send two monetary gifts to two poor people (can be done via Harford Chabad here)

4) Have a Purim feast – and get to the point of joy that you are “Drunk” that you “don’t know” between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai

This concept of getting so drunk that you can confuse who is “the good guy” and who is “the bad guy” is a confusing one.

There is a different Chassidic interpretation that I found fascinating.

One needs to get to a place where they recognize that their soul is not an added part of them yet it is their core identity. Being Jewish is not a theoretical idea, it is a reality and who you are. This is above logic. On Purim, one needs to get drunk off the thought that being a Jew makes me so proud of my unique identity until I “don’t know” - until I am not talking theory and logic; just that being a Jew is part of who I am! At that stage, I reject evil not because it is logical but because it negates my existence.

So let us join to do the mitzvot of Purim and get drunk off our unique identity and reject evil from our core!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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