The Modern Day Purim Story
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Purim is the story of a Jewish triumph, nearly 2,000 years ago. A wicked man named Haman issued a decree that all Jews should be hanged on the 14th of Adar. After a series of events, the Jewish people were miraculously saved.
How can this event that occurred over 2,000 years ago relate to today?
In the Megillah (the book that tells the story of Purim) G-d’s name is not mentioned. We can learn from this that G-d isn’t always revealed to us, but He is still there, pulling all the strings and hidden miracles are all around us. Things are not always how they appear. What you see on the surface often has less substance than what is on the inside. What is on the inside can only be revealed by staying true to one’s beliefs and values, performing mitzvot with a full heart, and not allowing yourself to succumb to outside threats.
Chasidic philosophy teaches that on Purim we accepted the Torah. Unlike when HaShem appeared before us, at Mount Sinai and gave the Torah to us, HaShem chose to hide himself during the events of Purim. Even though HaShem was not seemingly present during the events in Shushan when the Jewish nation survived potential destruction, by a fierce enemy, we followed the Torah and that was our way of accepting it. We did not give up on our ways or on HaShem. Again the presence of HaShem is not revealed to us in the same light as it once was, but this provides us with an opportunity to accept the Torah again and again. Every time we do a mitzvah we re-accept the Torah. When the world seems upside down and we are continuously confronted by enemies we must strengthen our resolve to learn Torah and our belief that HaShem will never let us be destroyed..
Purim is “the happiest day on the Jewish calendar,” but we cannot let the joy of Purim fade away. There was so much joy this year that it will overflow and make this the most joyous year in Jewish history. May we continue to keep the spirit of Purim alive within ourselves and face ever battle with the intention of revealing the Divine.