We are living in turbulent times; on the one hand the light of redemption is undoubtedly getting nearer and with it an increasing consciousness of the light of God in the world. Equally, the destructive elements of the world seem to be growing in strength. This is not the first time, the Jews have faced these huge polarization of energies. They did so at the time of Purim 3000 years ago.

Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag in 1948 gave an oral discourse on the inner meanings of the festival of Purim. Through his insight  into the inner meanings of Megillat Esther,we learn what choices were open to the Jews then and how we can learn from their experiences now, 3000 years later.

Not only in the scale of world events, but right in the small details of our lives, the choice of how we receive the light of God also applies in the small details of our daily lives. Let us give to God and to our fellow man according to the way of Torah, the way taught by  Mordecai the Jew, and thus each of us, in our own small way may contribute to the redemption of all mankind through the light of God.

This talk was inspired by the oral discourse taught by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag at the festival of Purim 1948, recorded by his son Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag. Printed in Shamati and in HaShem Shamati Shimecha (with a commentary by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb).

With grateful thanks to the women of the Tsfat Beit haMidrash  and to my chevrutas, James Torrance,  Ilan Ben Gal, Ofra Dekel, Jodie Lebowitz Davis, with whom I learnt this article and who inspired me with their delight and enthusiasm.


Purim Megillah : the light of Purim

Purim: Until we don’t know!

by yedidah on February 19, 2013


The essence of Purim is its light. The Sages teach us that it is on the festival of Purim when the Jews were saved from total destruction that the light of redemption shines out the strongest.
We connect with this light by reading the Megillah, the book of Esther, having a festive meal and giving presents of food to our friends and gifts to the poor.
Celebrating also means finding the elements of the story within ourselves.
Finding the Mordecai (and the Haman) inside oneself and really celebrating the light of Purim!
From the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag

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The basis for true joy

by yedidah February 14, 2013
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When Adar comes in we increase our joy. What is the true basis for joy and how can we come to true feelings?

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