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Avodas Purim 5784

Avodas Purim 5784

Wear leather Shabbos shoes to megilla, and stomp Haman with your right foot.

Learn (between Megilla readings) Tehillim 22, Mishna & Gemara Megilla, Tikunei Zohar Tikun 22.

Ideal mishloach manos-two identical portions of sweet meat, each in it’s own container.

Matanos l’evyonim-total sum should exceed all other Purim expenses combined.

Wear a mask.

Extend your arms upwards (like Moshe Rabenu) during shemoneh esreh, particularly during Mincha.

Middle finger on mezuza, and say alternatively הצילה מחרב נפשי and הצילני נא מיד.

Israeli wine from Meron or Yerushalayim vineyards.

Clap your nigleh and dance your nistar.

Shofar

Intoxicated with love, Naaseh v’Nishma out loud with your crowd.

Sing אדיר הוא יבנה ביתו בקרוב במהרה בימינו בקרוב אל בנה בנה ביתך בקרוב

Reject all forms of avoda zara (arrogance, promiscuity, financial anxiety, loshon hara, anger, etc).

Parshas haMan.

Extended tefillin time, including mincha.

Connect with Ashkenazim and Sefardim.

Sing Bar Yochai.

Drink after the morning Megila, take a nap, wake up (ideally to a shofar blast), keep drinking all day.

Megilas Esther

Megilas Esther

Begins and ends with the letter vav.

Rashi on Esther too.

Vav on both ends.

Vav is the letter of emes, everlasting reality.

Megilas Esther and Purim will never fade away.

Haman certainly does.

Except for the vav in the nun of his name.

The height of Purim avoda is to isolate that vav, and expand it to eternity.

Yeshivas Rashbi

Chatzos Kollels have become popular in recent years. Only the Zohar emphasizes the importance of this practice. It’s repeated there dozens of times.

 

With the haskama of Rav Moshe Shapiro zt”l I encourage people to learn this way themselves whenever possible.

 

When we can’t, next best is to sponsor someone who can. The ideal subject of learning after chatzos is Kabbala.

 

$1500 will sponsor a talmid chochom learning kabbala in Yeshivas Rashbi for a month.

Stealth Kollel

Twenty years ago a colleague in the Mir discovered a number of talmidei chachomim struggling financially who refused to receive tzedaka. He outsmarted them.

 

They were invited to join a Shabbos kollel paying them nicely for learning they were doing anyway wherever they want. Donors don’t know the recipients, and the recipients don’t even know they’re receiving tzedaka. This is the Stealth Kollel.

 

Stealthily supporting thirty world class talmidei chachomim learning in Yerushalayim. The most ideal form of tzedaka, as stipulated in Bava Basra 9a.

 

There are no expenses and no advertising. 100% tzedaka.

 

Sponsoring one avrech for a month is $1000. But donations of any size are warmly welcomed.