These Gemara teachings focus on the story of Purim. They feature an in-depth study of the Talmudic expositions of our Sages on the verses of the biblical Scroll of Esther.

Tractate Megillah, Page 16 b “AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT ”

Returning to expounding the actual verses of the Megillah, we focus on the stirring statement encapsulating the triumphant reversal of the Purim Miracle: From Darkness (emblematic of the fasting and mourning) we moved to Light, instead of Crying and Wailing we had Happiness and Joy Gladness, and in the place of Sackcloth and Ashes there was Glory and Honour!

Delving deeply into the Megillah’s superlative string of uplifting euphemism describing the Miracle Aftermath, here, many rich ideas will be presented.

After elucidating each detail on its own with a variety of fascinating sources, we return to discover overarching common themes.

This teaching will demonstrate how a solitary biblical verse — spanning Spiritual Illumination to Covenantal Connections, our annual Holidays to Awe-inspiring Ornamentation — reveals much about the Yiddishkiet at large, and ultimately encapsulates its very essence!

This Episode has been generously sponsored by the Bloom Family for the merit of a young boy who is a regular viewer! May “Shmuel Yisroel ben Chana Sara” be blessed with a complete Refuah Shliema and long happy year, b’ezrat Hashem.

This is the 50th class in a continuing study-series of Masechet Megillah, Chapter One.

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