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Purim: Revealing the Hidden

Parshat Zachor (Deuteronomy 25:17-19 )

by Rabbi Ron Jawary

Purim is the festival that celebrates the victory of the Jewish people in Persia in 356 BCE over Haman, the "Hitler of his time." Rashi points out that the miracle of Purim is intricately connected to the miracles of Passover.

The miracles of Passover were obvious for all to see, yet there seem to be no miracles associated with Purim; the events of the story seem to follow a "natural course." The entire Megillat Esther (literally translated as revealing the hidden) never once mentions the name of God; He seems to be hidden and to play no role in the story.

The point is, no matter how bad we think the situation is, no matter how distant we feel from the Almighty, He is always there, guiding us and our destiny. A spiritual person is able to see the holy in the mundane, the miracles in nature, and the hand of G-d in history. Even when the Almighty seems to be hiding, such a person knows that He is there.

If we see all of life as a miracle, our eyes will be open to see how lucky we truly are and that everything is a gift from the Almighty. What we do with our blessings is our gift to God.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Purim

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