Building a Strong Foundation: A Purim Message

The festival of Purim begins on the evening of February 28, 2018. When the Megillah is read, notice that the name of Hashem is never mentioned. The strong foundation of faith, contained by all the Jews of Shushan (and throughout the Persian Empire at that time), testifies to the inner strength of the Jewish People. That foundation is built upon educational strength of our children who will carry out the traditions and teachings of our ancestors as they have done for countless generations.

At the end of Meseches Berachos daf 64a (translation from Sefaria.org The William Davidson digital edition of the Koren Noe Talmud Bavli) we see this testimony:

It only appears that Hashem was hidden during the events described in the Megillah. But we should know that behind the Purim miracle (just like the Chanukah miracle), The G-d of our ancestors is there for us to help carry the burden. As the gemara says, let our children(banayich) become our builders (bonyaich) for b’nai Yisroel.

Chag Sameach Purim!

About the Author
Jonathan Wolf is a retired high school physics teacher. He retired to NJ with his wife. He is an adjunct professor of physics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has published professional papers and has been the author of AP Physics review books as well as general HS and college physics review books. He is a past President and ritual chairman at a conservative synagogue on Long Island, NY before he retired to NJ.
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