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The holiday of Purim celebrates G-d's saving of the Jewish people from the genocidal plot of Haman, the Persian king's prime minister.

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May Jews combine the Purim meal with melave malkah

This year, purim falls out on Motzai Shabbat. My question is, is it permitted in Halacha for Jews to combine the melavah malka meal with the purim Seudah? Or no, if they want to fulfill both mitzvot ...
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Where does it say in the future there will only be Purim

Where does it say that? Zohar is preferred but other answers are acceptable.
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Achashverosh earned Olam Haba?

In Let My Nation Live by Yosef Deutsch, p358, he claims that Achashverosh earned Olam Haba. There is no footnote on that paragraph, but the preceding paragraph's footnote lists Rokeach; Yedei Moshe; R'...
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How would the Ramchal's standards for joking about Torah apply to Purim Torah?

The PTIJ posts (and Purim Torah in general) seem to make a mockery of the Torah. Is there something I'm missing? Is there some Halacha or words of Razal that allow this? I am looking at this question ...
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Why in the megila when we mention Shushan early on its always with a pasach, shuSHAN but at the end it switches to a kumets, shushon [duplicate]

See in the 8th perek it's always a kumets (shuson) but in perek 1 it's always shushan. Any significance in that?
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Looking for Rabbi Bentzion Sternfeld's Shaarei Tzion

The Gemara in Megillah 12a relates that the students of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai asked him: For what reason were the enemies of Jewish people, in that generation deserving of annihilation? Rabbi ...
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Bal tosif on mishloach manos

If someone gives mishloach manos on the day before or after Purim, does he violate bal tosif? Does it make a difference that the day after Purim is Shushan Purim, or for a Shushanite (or more commonly,...
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Should you obligate yourself in 2 days Purim

If you are in TelAviv all day 14 (24hrs), and Jerusalem all day 15th (24hrs), simple halacha is you are obligated in both days. Even if just lechumra, because the Rosh says you are only obligated on ...
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Does anyone distinguish between hearing megillah over analog vs digital technology

As discussed previously, there were minority opinions about fulfilling the mitzvah of megillah by hearing it over a microphone, telephone, radio, or online. Have any poskim drawn the line between ...
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"Purimfest 1946" and the ten sons of Haman

In the Megillah (Esther 9:7), the Torah lists the ten sons of Haman that were hanged. If we look at the words, we notice that some letters are written small.For example, the "tav" in the ...
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Is Purim Panim Chadashot for reciting Sheva berachot

Inspired by this question, I am curious, is Purim considered by Halacha to be Panim Chadashot? Or no, is Purim not considered similar to Shabbat and Yom Tov in this respect and having new physical ...
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Tzedakah Missing from the Purim Story

After Mordechai heard abut the decree of death placed upon the Jews he went out publicly in a display of mourning, pleading with the Jews to repent (teshuvah) which they ultimately did, and he prayed (...
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What days of the week were the original 14th/15th of Adar?

Looking for a source that pins down the days of the week that the first Purim fell on.
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The Chofetz Chaim on the attitude of the people during the Purim-story

I saw in the sefer (החפץ חיים חייו ופעלו ג ) that the Chofetz Chaim explains the attitude of the people during the Purim-story. It seems that he says that our ancestors feared that they could not ...
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Korban for Purim

Being that the second Beis Hamikdash was built after (and possibly as a result of) the story of Purim, why was there not a specific (or general) korban that was brought in remembrance, or in thanks ...
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Making a Siyum on Purim

Can you make a siyum on Purim by the seudah? I know there is a concept of not mixing simchas but was wondering if a siyum falls into that category.
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How long did Ahashverosh stop the construction of the temple before Koresh?

What happened to King Achashverosh? Here they say that he stopped the temple from being built. How long did he stop it for? Before Koresh started it Thx
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May Zecher Machatzit Hashekel be given on Shabbat when Purim falls on it

Some Jews have the minhag to give Zecher Machatzit Hashekel on Purim. My question is, is it permissible in Halacha to give this as a gift on Shabbat when purim falls on Shabbat or no?
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Do you have any source about the connection between אגג and גוג or גוג ומגוג?

I was listening to a shiur that made a very interesting connection between Agag, Homon and the whole Purim story. The rov didn't go as deep as I hoped he would in relation to Agag, and I was wondering ...
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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

The Megillah (Esther 1:1) begins: ויהי בימי אחשורוש... - It happened in the days of Ahasuerus... Why doesn't it say instead, it happened in the days of Mordechai and Esther, or after the Destruction ...
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Mishenichnas Adar: only for second month?

In a Jewish leap year like 5784, we have two Adars (Adar I & Adar II). While the famous Memra of Chazal tells us to increase simcha in Adar, this would presumably only apply in the month of which ...
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May Jews do their obligation of purim intoxication with smoking some marijuana

According to Halacha, a Jew over bar mitzvah should get at least mildly intoxicated on Purim, my question is, can this obligation be fulfilled by smoking some marijuana? Or does it have to be alcohol ...
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Connection between Purim and Exodus

It is mentioned in The Zohar: לשלש גאולות על ידי שלשה צדיקים משה מרדכי משיח שעתיד לגאלנו בקרוב Three redemptions, with three righteous leaders, Moshe, Mordechai, and the future Moshiach. I am looking ...
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What does it mean "Haman only arose to serve as a rememberance"?

In the Midrash Eicha Rabbah 3:23 it says: רַבִּי נָתָן אָמַר לֹא בָּא הָמָן אֶלָּא לְזֵכֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל What does this mean? What was Haman serving as a remembrance for?
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Was Purim the greatest miracle?

I have seen in multiple places such as The Maharal that the circumstances the jews of purim were in were worse then any other predicament they experienced in the past. (Including Egypt). Is it written ...
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Why isn't the Gemara Megillah 16b more direct with its sources?

The Gemara Megillah 16b selection of the pasuk from Devarim (28:10) to explain the term וִיקָר is quite puzzling. It appears that it would have been more fitting and straightforward for the gemara to ...
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Why are Haman's ten sons mentioned in the megillah

The reasons given for the death of Haman's ten sons is their active role in halting the construction of the beis hamikdash (this is one of many midrashic sources) My question is why was it necessary ...
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Doing melacha on Purim?

Why was purim not treated like the other holidays at that time, where work would be prohibited from being done? Seemingly it would have been appropriate to have instituted it like all other previous ...
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Orientation of Haman's Sons' Beam

The Gemara in Megillah 16b here mentions that the ten sons of haman were hung simultaneously and on the same beam. Question: Was the beam positioned lengthwise or widthwise? i.e Were they hanging one ...
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Locating a Sfas Emes on the influence of Chanukah

In addition to this question, I am eagerly looking for the location of a Sfas Emes where he discuss the following concept (parphrased): Chanukah and Purim are both Rabbinical festivals. Chanukah and ...
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Chanukah and Purim as two friends: insight of the Shaloh

The Shaloh HaKadosh in Aseret HaDibrot, Yoma, Derekh Chayim famously writes that: וחנוכה ופורים הם שני רעים - Chanukah and Purim are like two friends (my own translation) What exactly does this ...
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What happened to King Achashverosh?

All the main characters in the story of Purim were either killed, or raised to a level of authority. additionally, it is mentioned in the megillah what happened to them (Vashti was killed, Haman and ...
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middah k'neged middah by Purim?

Of course the concept of V'nehapichu is most spoken about during Purim, but what about middah k'neged middah? Where can i find some literature and commentary about how this was included in the miracle?...
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Avraham Avinu had a seudas Purim?

I am trying to locate the cited sources that are mentioned. (Divrei Yechezkel Purim, Sifsei Chachamim, and the Yalkut Moshe). Also interested in any other associated information relating to this. This ...
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Jews attending feast of Achashverosh

It is well known that Mordechai had warned the jewish people not to attend the feast of King Achashverosh, and nevertheless, many did attend. Under what permission did those Jews attend? Is this ...
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Teshuvah during the story of Purim

It seems that the concept of teshuvah is missing from the story of purim. although the megiilah does say: וּבְכׇל־מְדִינָה וּמְדִינָה מְקוֹם אֲשֶׁר דְּבַר־הַמֶּלֶךְ וְדָתוֹ מַגִּיעַ אֵבֶל גָּדוֹל ...
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Why do we read Megillat Ruth on Shabbat but not Megillat Esther?

Megillat Esther is not read when Purim falls on Shabbat, as we are concerned that one may carry the scroll outside. However, Megillat Ruth is read when Shavuot falls on Shabbat. Why doesn’t the same ...
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Where is it first mentioned that the Jews partook in the feast of Achashverosh?

In a discussion in the Gemara Megillah 12a, it is mentioned in the name of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai that the Jews participated in the feast of Achashverosh. Is there an earlier mention of this? (I am ...
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Did Queen Vashti have a child?

Usually, the reason for Queen Vashti's punishment (leprosy or the growth of a tail) is related to the prophecy about the extinction of the Babylonian royal line. Rav said: “Everything God promised [to ...
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Golden Calf connected to Purim?

Shemos 32:31 וַיָּשׇׁב מֹשֶׁה אֶל־יְהֹוָה וַיֹּאמַר אָנָּא חָטָא הָעָם הַזֶּה חֲטָאָה גְדֹלָה וַיַּעֲשׂוּ לָהֶם אֱלֹהֵי זָהָב "Moshe returned to Adonoy and said, “I beseech You! This people have ...
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Did Mordechai wear the bigdei kehuna?

Are there ANY sources that say that Mordechai wore the levush kohen gadol?
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The curse of King Darius

In sefer Ezra 6:11 it tells us that King Darius decreed that anyone who attempted to disrupt the resumed construction of the beis hamikdash would have a beam removed from their home and they would be ...
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Haman's gallow came from the kodesh hakodashim

Although there are a number of sources of where Haman had found a beam 50 cubits tall to use as a gallows, some say it was a beam from the teyva, some say it was a thorny tree etc but, there is an ...
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Remembering Queen Esther on Pesach

I came across this in the kitzur, about having a special food item on Pesach to remind us about the meals Queen Esther made. On the second day of Pesach, you should add an extra dish to the meal to ...
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Where King Achashverosh got the priestly vestments

Springboarding off a previous question asked here: Where did King Achashverosh get the clothing of the Kohen Gadol? The same can be asked about the utensils from the Beis Hamikdash, which were used ...
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Did King Achashverosh wear the Kohen Gadol clothing?

I have heard about King Achashverosh having the kelim from the beis hamikdash at his feast. I am looking for more information regarding Achashverosh wearing the clothing of the kohen gadol at his ...
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What are the earliest sources for Purim costumes

The topic of dressing up on Purim has been discussed on the forum, but I am looking specifically for early sources that mention the custom. Please include specific sources - direct links are preferred....
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What type of wood was Haman's gallows?

There are certainly different explanations of where Haman found a massive beam of wood to construct his gallows, but what TYPE of wood was it? Pirkei D'Rabbi ELiezer here says it was taken from the ...
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How was Purim celebrated in the Beis Hamikdash - with Korbanos?

Being that the story of Purim took place during a pause of the construction of Bayis Sheni, and construction was resumed by Cyrus (child of Esther and Achashverosh) it is understood that Purim was ...
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What/Where is Tarshish

Springboarding from a conversation here, is the term "Tarshish" mentioned anywhere (besides Jastrow) in connection with Bigsan and Seresh? This question is specifically looking to find a way ...
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