DIY PURIM

Bracha Lavee

Bracha Lavee, Purim Tapestry

A midrash that has perplexed many Torah scholars is connected with Megillat Esther (Book of Esther) where we read, “These days of Purim will never cease among the Jews” (9:28). The Midrash says, “All the other festivals are destined to fall away, but Purim shall always remain” (Shochar Tov, Mishle 9).

Rabbi Twerski asks, “How can this be? We know that nothing in the Torah will ever be obsolete? How can the Midrash say that there will be no observance of Passover, Shavuot or Sukkot?

Various interpretations have been offered, but it still remains enigmatic. However, one thing is clear: Purim is of extraordinary importance. Indeed, some sefarim say that Yom Kippur, which the Torah refers to as Yom HaKippurim, means that it is a day similar to Purim. The holiest day of the year, yet it is only “like” Purim.”*

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* Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, The Superiority of Purim

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