Volume 3 Number 8 – March 7th, 2020 – 11 Adar 5780
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Parshas Terumah A Solution to Every Problem
-adapted from Rabbi Shraga Simmon (AISH.org)
Parshat Tetzaveh usually precedes Purim, when we read the “maftir” portion describing how Amalek attacked the Jewish people as they left Egypt – even though Amalek lived in a distant land and was under no imminent threat.
So why did Amalek attack?
The Torah says that Amalek attacked the Jews “karcha” – which literally means by way of happenstance. Amalek’s entire philosophy is that there is no design or providence in the world. Everything is haphazard, dictated by chance, luck and fate. That’s why Haman, a direct descendent of Amalek, decided to kill the Jews based on a lottery, from which the name “Purim” is derived.
Philosophically, Amalek and the Jewish people stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. Judaism believes that the world has purpose and meaning, and that G-d is intimately involved in our lives. Indeed, that is the very lesson of Purim: Even when things seem bleak, G-d is there, guiding events. With Haman’s decree, it seemed that the Jews were doomed. But then there was a dramatic turnabout.
In our own lives, to the extent we may doubt G-d’s involvement, is the extent that Amalek’s philosophy of randomness is part of us.
The Kabbalists point out the numerical value of Amalek — 240 — is the same as safek, meaning “doubt.” The energy of Amalek is to create doubts about what is true and real in this world, and of G-d’s role in directing events in the best possible way.
This concept is so important that one of 613 mitzvot is to remember what Amalek did. And that’s what we do, every year, on the Shabbat before Purim. So let’s take this message to heart, and do our part – to fight Amalek’s idea of a random world.
Adar 13 ~ The FAST OF ESTHER
This date was chosen by Haman to annihilate all Jews in all 127 provinces of the Persian Empire, with the permission of King Achashverosh. Queen Esther thwarted this plan and received the king’s permission for the Jews to resist. However, they were still in mortal danger, and therefore forbidden by Jewish law to fast (for the purpose of arousing Divine mercy) on that day, so as not to weaken themselves when they might have to fight for their lives. The only member of the Jewish People who was certainly safe was Queen Esther herself. Therefore only she fasted, which is why the fast is call by her name. – from www.TzivosHashem.org
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