Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spirit of the Law: Ta'anis Ester

2) On the thirteenth of Adar the Jews gathered together to defend their lives…Yisrael accepted this day as a fast day…

The Magid Meisharim told the Beis Yosef, zt"l one reason why we fast before Purim, "…to inoculate from the natural pitfalls of indulging in rich food and alcohol. [Fasting] prevents one from sin often caused by abundant food and drink and levity.”

The Tsefanas Paneach adds that the fast subdues the Amalek within and we have a chance to fulfill in a holy manner the halacha to get so drunk on Purim that we will not know the difference between Arur Haman and Baruch Mordehai.

The Liutey Halachos states that fasting can bring us to feel holy embarrassment which is the prerequisite of holy humility and drawing powerful vitality into one’s day. This holy bashfulness enables one to internalize that all food is from Hashem and undeserved. How can one consume more food than required? Doesn’t one realize that the entire strength of the yetzer hara stems from overeating?

2 comments:

Spiritual Dan said...

very interersting. shkoach. Have a great Purim!

p.s. and thank you for the encouraging words. Amtza Miriam Bas Tzvia. i will also email

Micha said...

Thank you for the chizuk as always. I wish you a wonderful Purim!
Thank you for the name,I Will daven for her. Looking forward to your email.