There’s lots of hoopla attached to the Shabbat prior to Purim, as it’s host to a special Torah reading said to be biblically mandated. Yet, it’s common knowledge that public Torah readings are rabbinically ordained – so how could it possibly be an actual biblical mitzvah? After documenting the earliest sources for this idea; we go on to establish its legal definition and jurisprudence, attaining a better understanding of its unique rhyme and reason. This class provides an understanding of its underlying purpose as an annual reading that is supposed to influence our psyche all year long!

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