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5760 On Purim 1953 the Lubavitch Rebbe was speaking to hundreds of his Chassidim in the large Chabad Synagogue in Brooklyn when he, for no apparent reason changed the subject and announced, “Let us all cheer Hurrah! Hurrah!” and the Rebbe began shouting over and over “Hurrah! Hurrah!”. His perplexed followers took up the chant until the entire room was rocking from the rhythm of “Hurrah! Hurrah!”.
5761 This section is unique because it does not mention Moshe’s name even once. (But really it describes Moshe better than any Parsha, as we will see with HaShem's help.) One reason for this omission is that after the Jewish people sinned with the Aigel (Golden Calf) and G-d wanted to destroy them, Moshe told G-d that he’d rather have his own name omitted from the entire Torah than see the Jews punished (Shmot 32:32).
5762 This coming Monday night and Tuesday, we will celebrate the happiest holiday in Judaism; Purim. One of the reasons for our joy, is that we killed Haman who was from the tribe of Amalek. The Talmud (Megillah 7b)tells us, and so it is found in the Book of Jewish law (Shulchan Aurach Aruch Chaim 695:2), that every Jew is obligated to get so drunk on Purim, that he doesn't know the difference between "blessing Mordechi and cursing Haman".
5765 Each Jewish Holiday and each section, indeed each word, of the Torah holds a key to the mysteries of life and a window into the infinite.
5766 This week's section, which contains the story of the sin of the Golden Calf (Egel shel Zahav), coincides with the holiday of Purim. One obvious similarity between them is that both began with Jews transgressing (in Purim; attending the feast of the king and bowing to Haman) and another is that in both G-d forgave the Jews due to the leader of their generation; first through Moses and then through Mordechi.
5767 There is a very strong connection between this week's Torah portion and the 'Megilla' (Book of Esther) that we read on the joyous holiday of Purim (which this year falls out immediately after this Shabbat). First of all, this week's Torah portion is the only book of the Pentateuch after Moses' birth that does not mention Moses' name.
5768 This week's Torah portion continues the laws of the Temple sacrifices and is preceded by the holiday of Purim. Both represent happiness: Jews would to rejoice three times a year in the Holiday Temple Sacrifices and Purim is a happy holiday. But it is a bit difficult to understand why.
5771 Next week, we will celebrate the holiday of Purim, when the Jews fought and defeated the forces of Haman some 2,500 years ago.
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