The Deeper Meaning of the Purim Feast
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It is that time of year again! We are days before the exciting holiday of Purim. At one time or another, most of us have eaten hamantaschen, dressed in costumes, and learned the story of Purim in a Hebrew school class when we were little. For those that do not know the story, here it is in short: like most other Jewish holidays, they tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat. However, there must be a deeper meaning to this. After all, we remember it 2,000 years later.
The Megillah expounds greatly upon the feast that Achashverosh (the king of Persia) threw, to celebrate his dominion over 127 countries (pretty much he was the ruler of all civilization). The Megillah talks about the couches, curtains, goblets, and all that good stuff. We read that the party lasted for 180 days! King Achashverosh really knew how to throw a party. But why must the Megillah talk about the party so much? Is it to bore the readers or maybe to teach us a lesson?
Achashverosh had a goal; he wanted to throw a party, but not just any party. He wanted a wild party. So, he used every resource he had to make his dream a reality. Similarly, we all have dreams and goals of making the world a better place. The Megillah teaches us that every talent we have and all our abilities should be invested in making our dreams and our goals a reality. We must go above and beyond our self imposed limitations.
This Shabbos, as we reJEWvinate, let’s remember that we have the potential to dream big and accomplish our goals. Together we will make the world a better place. Stay awesome.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Purim!