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The Deeper Meaning of Giving Gifts on Purim

The fascinating backstory of Mordechai and Esther's secret gifts.


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Visitor Comments: 3

(3) Frimi Levi, March 1, 2018 12:24 AM

Facinating, but one questions

Hi Rabbi Forhman,
I always enjoy your presentations. They are simple and deep at the same time.
My question is regarding your position that Mordechai did not tell Esther not to divulge her identity as a suggestion...not a command. And certainly not forever. Can you share what the source is for that thought process? It's just something so different from what I've always learned and understood.

(2) Leah, February 28, 2018 3:21 PM


Always an excellent audio shiur from you, Rabbi Fohrman. Your words of Torah are truly an inspiration.

(1) Yisroel, February 28, 2018 1:58 AM

Fascinating gematria, too

The basis of finding מתנות לאביונים in the “back story” is the phrase ותתחלחל המלכה מאד. That phrase עם האותיות ועם ה״כולל״ is equal to 1045, the same gematria as מתנות לאביונים!

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