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Purim Thoughts

Purim Thoughts

By Rabbi Yosef Shemtov: The Gemara Megillah states that Kipur is like Purim (k means like) and that Purim is at a higher level than Kipur. It is very strange because on Yom Kipur we fast, wrap ourselves in Tallit, and pray all day and on Purim we eat, drink, and celebrate. How can Purim be higher than Yom Kipur? Maybe we can explain that there are two ways to serve the Almighty: through love and through fear. Yom Kipur is the final day of judgment. Our destiny is signed on that day. We pray for a good year full of blessings with awe for HaShem. Purim is a day that we serve the Almighty with love and happiness. It…

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