Purim with the Chasidic Masters
The reckoning of the “Penimiyut”, the internal essence of these holidays is a chasidic pre-occupation. The Sefat Emet is renowned for taking passages that appear to be inconsequential only to reveal the powerful insights just waiting to be discovered. This is the Chasidic M.O. and the secret of their popularity. The Gur dynasty that the Sefat Emet represented was also well known for their scholarship in conventional Talmudic studies which makes their insights that much deeper and powerful.
Purim with the Chasidic Masters: Lesson 1
ROSH CHODESH ADAR JOY, GOOD LUCK AND COSMIC HARMONY: The Sages taught that When Adar enters joy increases. Are we commanded to be happier, or is the Jewish world in a happier place? The Sefat Emet has much to say about the month, and this is where we will begin our class.
Purim with the Chasidic Masters: Lesson 2
PURIM AND PESACH WITH THE CHASIDIC MASTERS: After we finish learning the special attributes of Adar and the significance of having two Adars in a leap year, we will concentrate on the Me’or Hashemesh’s understanding of the mystical relationship between Purim and Yonm Kippur. The two holidays could not be more different, yet the linguisitic similarity of Kippur and Purim is not incidental. It’s important. Tonight we will learn why.
Purim with the Chasidic Masters: Lesson 3
VISIONS OF AMALEK…: The Chasidic masters contributed to both the notion of the Amalek that lurks within every human, and extending Amalek from a particular tribe to whomever is the current nemesis of Israel which can be anything from a threatening ideology, or a new nasty nation…or both. There is much to discuss here, and I am in one place tonight, so come join us as we look through the prism of the many faces of Amalek.
Purim with the Chasidic Masters: Lesson 4
Purim with the Chasidic Masters: Lesson 5
Purim with the Chasidic Masters: Lesson 6
THE NATURALNESS OF PURIM AND ITS MEANING: The Kedushat Levy channeling his teachers observes that Purim’s miracles happen naturally…He also notes that the halachot that govern hearing the megilla are much more stringent than those that relate to hearing the Torah reading…His novel explanations elevate the nature of Purim through his examination of Talmudic passages. It’s exciting stuff…Looking forward to unpacking it with you!