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Kol Nidrei begins tonight!

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015 - 7:13 am

I know you are thinking: ‘He lost his mind! Kol Nidrei happens on Yom Kippur not in March! Tonight is a holiday called Purim, not Yom Kippur!’

Please let me explain. Yom Kippur and Purim are two holidays that are mirror images, two sides of the same coin

  • On the day before Yom Kippur we feast on the day before Purim we fast
  • On the day of Yom Kippur we fast on the day of Purim we feast
  • Yom Kippur is a one day holiday Purim is a one day holiday
  • On Yom Kippur the Jews accepted the Torah on Purim the Jews re-accepted the Torah (details on that as a p.p.s.)

The biblical name for Yom Kippur is Yom HaKippurim which can be translated as the day that is like Purim. So join us for a joyous Kol Nidrei at tonight's Purimtini or a joyous Neilah at tomorrow’s Purim at the Stadium.

Have an easy Feast

p.s. Everything you need to know to celebrate Purim (at home or at Chabad) can be found on our Purim minisite here

p.p.s. the Chida writes "When G-d gave the Jewish people the Torah, he lifted the mountain over them and forced them to accept it. Nevertheless, they accepted it again willfully in the days of Achashverosh, as it is written ‘The Jews established and accepted’ (Esther 9:26). They established in the days of Achashverosh that which they had already accepted in the days of Moshe’.” [Out of their love for Hashem engendered by the miracle of Purim the Jews reaccepted the Torah — Rashi.]

Torah is compared to food and drink, as King Shlomo says, “Come and partake of my bread, and drink the wine that I have mixed” (Proverbs 9:5). Consequently, on Purim, which marks our reacceptance of the Torah, we celebrate with festive meals and drinking."

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