Sunday, March 8, 2009

Esh Kodesh - Happy Purim

I wanted to share a short yet powerful piece by the Esh Kodesh on Purim. As I mentioned in his Gedolei Israel post, you often get a feeling for the difficulty of living in the Ghetto from the drashot of the Esh Kodesh. His piece about Purim from 1940 discusses how to celebrate the simchah of Purim, when you are not experiencing any simchah in your life.

The Esh Kodesh starts with a quotation from the Tikkunei Zohar which states that Purim is like Yom Kippur (which is יום כפורים). He states that on Yom Kippur you must fast whether or not you want to, because that is HaShem’s command. So too on Purim, we are commanded to feel happy even if we feel like there is no simchah in our life. We must make an effort to enter a spark of simchah into our hearts.

He concludes that some say that the essence of the day of Yom Kippur grants atonement for our aveirot, even if we have done incomplete teshuvah. (Shitat Rebbe in Yoma 75a) So too, the simchah that we experience on Purim has the potential about redemption - even if we experience incomplete simchah.

Purim Sameach.

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