Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Accepting the Torah on Purim


"[Regarding the Jews at Sinai, the Torah says:] ‘And they stood at the bottom of the mountain’ – Rav Avdimi, son of Chama bar Chasa, said: This teaches that Gd overturned the mountain atop them, like a barrel. He said to them, ‘If you accept the Torah, good. If not, there will be your grave.’

"Rav Acha bar Yaakov said: This is a great response to the Torah [and its obligations]!

"Rava said: Despite this, they again accepted it in the days of Achashverosh. The megilah says: ‘The Jews upheld and accepted’ – They upheld that which they had already accepted."

(Talmud, Shabbat 88a)

Have an easy and meaningful fast,

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