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Purim

Purim

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Rav Hutner writes that the significance in Purim falling out in the Adar closest to Pesach isbecause we are supposed to contrast the two redemptions. Mitzrayim was a redemption o"anochi Hashem..who took you out." While Purim was a redemption that was brought aboutdespite "anochi hastir astir es panai." A redemption that appeared to be natural, with Hashemhiding...Rav Hutner writes a metaphor of two people on a dark night who have to pick someoneout of a lineup. One fellow uses a candle to recognize the face of the one he seeks. While theother uses his sense of hearing to recognize his voice. (They both had that opportunity before itgot dark). When the sun rises the one who used the candle can recognize the fellow but hehimself remained unchanged. There was nothing added to him. While the one who chose torecognize the tone of the fellow's voice can keep that with him. He is a changed person.Similarly Pesach and the redemption from Egypt - we did nothing, Hashem did everything. Buton Purim we did everything, we prayed and fasted... Chazal teach us that when Moshiachcomes, the holidays and mitzvos that we do in remembrance of the redemption of Egypt will fallby the wayside, and we’ll focus on the miracles that will take place with the coming of Moshiach.The one exception to this is Purim. Purim will remain with us forever. Because on Purim wechanged ourselves, our "anochi" changed.
Purim was a time when we did everything we were able to, despite the bleakest of odds.We developed a crucial aspect to our personality, the ability to see good in everysituation.The collective experience of the Redemption form Egypt was a series of spoon-fedmiracles. Purim was a struggle. Struggle builds character, while being coddled andspoiled leaves one immature and not developed.The instruments of choice on Purim and Chanukah (whose miracle is more of a Pesachtype miracle than a Purim miracle) actually represent these ideas. A “dreidel” is spunfrom the top while the classical “gragger” is swung from the bottom.IIThe Purim Story happens at the end of a 70-year exile, right before the beginning of the building of the second temple. The timing and type of miracle are key. There were 1000years of prophecy beginning with Avraham Avinu until the end of the first Temple. Therewas less revelation of Hashem, both in the world at large and at the second temple, thanthere was during the first temple. The Purim Story happens during an exile, ingrains uswith the knowledge that Hashem is there watching over us and taking care of us, despitethe apparent vacancy. A lesson for the ages. Now that Hashem has chosen to interactwith the world differently, changed hi modus- apurendoi Purim shows us that G-d iswatching us and orchestrating things. We read the megilla on Purim, its called MegilasEsther – literally, revealing the hidden. Hashem is really there, He’s just a bit more behind the scenes than before. This is the lesson we needed for our long galus.As matter of fact the verse in Song of Songs says that Hashem looks out of windows and peeks from the cracks. The Netziv explains that in the time of redemption (or firsttemple) Hashem is looking out of the window. When someone is looking out a window,whoever is being watched can see the watcher. But, when we are in Galus, Hashem peeks from behind the cracks. Story with Chaya Ettie coming to meet Aba and Mommy.

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