The Context of Purim

Purim and the month of Adar.

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 Part One

(Rosh Chodesh through the birth/death day of Moses)

Part Two

(Including the reading of Parshat Zahor, and culminating in the Fast of Esther)

Part Three

(Beginning with the reading of the Megillah on the night of Purim)

Part Four

(Completing Adar; looking forward to the Month of Nisan; Parashat haChodesh)

Letter of Hashem's Name  Hai  Hai  Yud Vav
 Sefirah  Malchut (Kingdom)  Binah (Understanding)  Keser (Crown)  Ze'ir Anpin ((the six sefirot that channel Divine light into Malchut below)
 Spiritual World  Asiyah (Action)  Beriah (Primal Creation) Atzilut (Nearness/Oneness) Yetzirah (Formation)
 Spiritual Practice/Experience

 Working to overcome worries through adding in joy: "When Adar comes in, we increase in joy." The death day of a tzadik also brings atonement, increasing joy.

Overcoming doubt through a deeper understanding of life, beyond form. Haman/Amalek/doubt is hanged on the 50-foot gallows, representing the formless 50th  Gate of Binah, the root of Creation. Glimpsing the Paradox of Paradoxes, and exploding into the laughter of 'not-knowing' or 'holy doubt' Focusing the holy joy and laughter of Purim, and channeling it into the rest of the year

 

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Rabbi DovBer Pinson

Rabbi DovBer Pinson is the Rosh Yeshiva of the IYYUN Yeshiva, a Yeshiva for adults. He is also the founder of the IYYUN Center, a center for Jewish enrichment in Brooklyn, New York, and and is the author of more than ten books on Kabbalah and spirituality.