Sunday, March 04, 2007

Purim Torah 5767

To see the Divrei Torah from last year, click here.

Purim 2007

The Nesivos Shalom questions why on such a holy holiday like Purim we sit around drinking and joking around. After all, it is said say that “Yom haKipuurim K’Purim”. How can we celebrate a holiday that it just as holy as Yom Kippur in the fashion that we do? He explains that being “Mevusam” until we reach the point where we can no longer tell the difference between “Baruch Mordechai” and “Arur Haman” can have an added meaning aside from the simple understanding.

He quotes the Maharal who says that Purim is a time to be “Shalem Im Bor’o, Shalem Im Chaveiro, v’Shalem Im Atzmo; that it’s a time to be “complete with his creator, complete with his friend, and complete with himself. He explains that one’s interactions with each of those 3 can have attributes, both of Baruch Mordechai and Arur Haman.

First, Shalem Im Bor’o – being complete with his creator (G-d). There are times when a person has total faith in G-d and one is striving in Torah and Mitzvos in order to make Hashem happy. This is serving Hashem with the attribute of Baruch Mordechai. However, there are bound to be times that for whatever reason, our faith in Hashem may be lacking, and we may not be doing everything we can to make our relationship with him the best – this is serving Hashem with the attribute of Arur Haman. We try to reach the point on Purim where we can’t tell the difference between these two ways of relating to Hashem; that our Arur Haman way that we sometimes serve Hashem should be uplifted and indistinguishable from the Baruch Mordechai style of serving Hashem.

Next, Shalem Im Chaveiro – being complete with his friends. We all have friends that we feel are very close to us; they’re there for us all the time, and we rely on them heavily at times. These friends are our Baruch Mordechai friends. However, we also all have friends that at one point may have been Baruch Mordechai friends, but, for whatever reason have fallen out of our good graces. Perhaps we’ve just lost touch, or perhaps one party did something to offend the other – these are our Arur Haman friends. Again, we try to reach the point on Purim where these 2 types of friends are indistinguishable; that our Arur Haman friends are uplifted to be viewed in the same light as our Baruch Mordechai friends.

Finally, Shalem Im Atzmo – being complete with oneself. There are times when we are content with who we are as people, whether that be as a Jew, a husband/wife, a son/daughter, a brother/sister, etc. At times like these, we are Baruch Mordechai people. However, it’s inevitable that there are times when we may be disappointed with our actions or with ourselves as individuals – this is being “Arur Haman” with oneself. Again, we try to reach the point on Purim where these lines become blurry; where being “Arur Haman” with ourselves is lifted up to be on the level of being “Baruch Mordechai” with ourselves.

All of this being said, we cannot ignore the simple understanding of the saying that we are obligated to be mevusam (translate that as you please) on Purim. The Nesivos Shalom points out that it says that we need to be Mevusam B’Purya, and it doesn’t say that we need to be Mevusam B’Yayin B’Purya. The Slonimer says that we see from this that, while we drink in excess today, it shouldn’t be the wine that is intoxicating – rather, it should be the holiness inherent within Purim that is intoxicating.


Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Holy cow I wrote the same dvar torah last week I will have to send it to you. Of course it sounds diff. the way you write it but it's the same essay I went to a shiur on it a couple of months ago. I posted the dvar torah on the internet. Wow.

9:08 PM, March 04, 2007


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