Guest Posts

From Haman to Hamas

by R. Basil Herring From Haman to Hamas: Reflections on a 1959 Purim Shiur by R. Joseph D. Soloveitchik Toward the end of a lengthy address dealing with various aspects of the Purim Megilla, the Rav asked a rather simple question: why is the festival called “Purim” (literally “Lots”, in the plural) and not “Pur” (in the singular)? After all, ...

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Remembrance Is the Key to Preventing Recurrence

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz On the Shabbat before Purim, two Torah scrolls are taken from the ark – one for the regular weekly portion and another for the special maftir reading of “זָכוֹר אֵת אֲשֶׁר-עָשָׂה לְךָ עֲמָלֵק, Remember what Amalek did to you” (Devorim 25:17). This Shabbat is called Shabbat Zachor (The Shabbat of Remembrance) due to this added ...

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Challenges of Leadership: A Torah Perspective from Vayikra to the Purim Story

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Gemara (Berachot 34b) states: “מקום שבעלי תשובה עומדין צדיקים גמורים אינם עומדין, In a place where penitents stand, wholly righteous people cannot stand.” The Gemara emphasizes to us that even someone who is not perfect, and overcame challenging situations, can reach an exalted status even greater than that of great righteous people who did ...

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The Unlikely Hero: Lessons from Charbona’s Role in the Purim Story

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Throughout history, seemingly ordinary individuals have defied expectations and orchestrated significant change. Consider Charbona, one of the seven eunuchs who served Ahasuerus and whose timely intervention played a crucial role in the Purim story. Or recall the unlikely courage of Israeli politician Amir Peretz, former defense minister who dared to take decisive action against his ...

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With Hashem’s Help, We Will Not Give Up!

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz There is a principle: סופו נעוץ בתחילתו ותחילתו בסופו, Their end is attached to their beginning, and their beginning to their end. The end and the beginning are connected to one another. Even the beginning and end of each book of the Torah are  connected  and there is a common theme  between the opening and ...

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Toil and Reward: From Effort to Victory

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Never give up, and always try your best – this is the fundamental lesson we can learn from the Torah and Chazal about the value of effort. No matter how challenging the task may seem, we must persevere and put in a sincere effort, for that is what truly matters in the eyes of G-d  ...

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