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Indeed, Purim means chance or coincidence, that is, the lots by which Haman the wicked descendent of Amalek who seeks to annihilate the Jews decided on which day the Jews should be destroyed.
The holiday is called Purim after the selection process that Haman used to select the date of the Jews destruction: This method was supposed to result in the date that the Jews were most vulnerable to attack. In fact, this was astrologically true: The Jews were most vulnerable on the 13th of Adar.
One of the miracles of Purim was that HaShem totally reversed the astrological implications of the day so that the Jews would instead be victorious. However, that very lottery triggered a series of events that led to his own downfall instead, revealing the hand of HaShem in the entire affair.
This is also why Purim is a holiday related to Torah SheBaalPeh, the oral Torahwhich reveals that which is hidden within the simple letters and stories of Torah Shebiktav, the written Torah.
And if Esther were not beautiful The role of chance, coincidence, or apparent coincidence, is striking, in Megillat Esther!
Purim and Yom HaKippurim On most years Parashat Ki Tisa, in the annual cycleis read in close proximity to Purimand according to the Tikunai Zoharthere exists an intrinsic relationship between Purim and Yom Kippur im, the day on which the Jews were forgiven for the sin of the golden calf.
But it may be objected: The answer to this question can be gathered from the following parable. A king once became angered with his son, and he called to that minister whose office it was to punish offenders that he might be at hand to chastise his son on the morrow.
The minister, in high spirits, was overjoyed, and entered the palace to partake of food there. The prince, on seeing him, thought to himself: He straightway went in unto his father and persuaded him to forgive him.
Then the king commanded that a banquet should be prepared for him and his son, but that the minister should not be told thereof, for, he thought to himself, should he get wind of the repast which I have ordered for myself and my son, he will disturb our meal.
What, then, did the king do? He called to his chamberlain and said unto him: Therefore let him, as I have said, take his part and then go, that our joy may be complete and undisturbed.
Now, if the king had not dealt thus with his minister and his son, the former would not have left the palace, and the feast of forgiveness would have been marred.
Similarly, the Holy One said to Israel: Let him take his part and go his way and leave My house. Therefore it says in regard to the Day of Atonement: This gives the Accuser great joy: But he little realizes how that the Lord heaps coals of fire on his head and upon the heads of all his legions.
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