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Beit Hamidrash

Did anything change from our past?

By: Rav Yuval Cherlow

Did we return to that place where we were at Megilat Esther? This question arises primarily due to the period in which we live in. Again there is the "King of Persia" which is a "snake" who wants to destroy and kill and exterminate all Jews, young and old, women and children, and to despise their loot. He has this kind of a ring which he could run a complete set of missiles and nuclear weapons - and if so, nothing changed in two thousand and five hundred years?

It seems that, like any complicated question the answer is "yes and no". On the one hand, the fact still remains that everyone wants to destroy us, and they dress up in various disguises. Those who are anti-Semitism openly, and those that declare their hatred of Israel as their hatred of Medinat Israel and all sorts of other political tricks. These haters gain different options, and leakage of nuclear weapons to other countries and agencies should make us sleep deprived. Sometimes it seems that we invest great efforts to deal with unimportant matters, while the Iranian threat and other enemies of Israel remain a neglected occupational in our spiritual challenges.

On the other hand, we are not servants of Ahasuerus. We say praise openly about what was won, and our independence. God smiled upon us in the last sixty years, and although we do not always know what to do with this cordiality, the very fact that we are on our feet is remarkable. Indeed, we find ourselves forced to consider various matters in what surrounds us, and in fact today there is no country in the world that can do what's on their mind. However, our generation won what no other generation won in the long years of exile, and we can celebrate Purim, in a more complete way.

How do we confront the dangers that are upon us today, and what is the deeper meaning of Purim dealing with the challenges we face today -the key word is happiness. Happiness belongs to the field of mind that exists in the space between the subjective references and the objective reality. The objective reality allows different approaches. A person can acquire the good eye and look at the reality with it, and in this way to see the illuminated sides of reality; On the other hand a person can acquire the evil eye, and look upon the reality, and it will bring sadness and pain to his soul. The decision is therefore a decision made in the person's own world. This decision is also creation and also interpretation

In other words, the decision to look with the good eye is not impervious to the pain that takes place before our eyes. The happy look is not blind and does not dazzle. This view stems from an internal deployment of the fact that at the first stage we cannot go back in time and we can not change the reality unfolding before our eyes. We can decide that we wish to draw from this reality the positive desires, the optimism because the future may be different for the better. For this reason by observing reality in a good eye new options emerge to return to reality, and not accept it as it is. Precisely because of his deep belief that the reality has happy and bright points he wants to expose them, and empower them. The painful events become paradoxically a place to gain power from.

The happiness does not ignore the pain. It also does not repress it. The pain is used as fuel to empower the happiness. The happiness falls into the pit of suffering, and lifts them along to a different look. Joy is also a very realistic based view. It recognizes that you can surf down the despair and oblivion, and it also recognizes that sometimes precisely there it's easy to get dragged into the addiction. However, the happiness takes the person to a different direction completely, to faith, confidence and the tools to cope with reality.

This is our special Purim, and we remain confident in god's purpose aiming at us even in times of concealment, and are delighted that the eternity of Israel will not lie nor repent, but will proceed on its way towards a full appearance

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