A Grown Up Purim

26 Feb

I think I’ve heard that Yom Kippur is “Yom k’Purim,” no less than twelve thousand times. I undoubtedly would have regurgitated this information if my teachers in seminary had not given it an actual meaning. There is a challenge we all have on Purim, and that is to see behind the mask. Purim, the whole thing, is a mask. We are told that this is the one day we can all go crazy.Drink, eat, dress up like Lady Gaga, drink a little more, give out meshloach manot, give matanot l’evyonim (charity to the poor),sing a few songs, write a few gramins, wipe the barf off the floor(clearly the last one doesn’t apply to all of us)…is this really what Hashem intended? Is this the holiday that will continue to be celebrated even once Mashiach has come?

No, and if you believe this is the Purim that will continue on forever, you haven’t been blessed with the ability to see behind the mask. You have a lot of davening to do and lucky you, the Superbowl of tefila is in less coming up this Motzei Shabbos. That is what is behind the mask of Purim. That is what Hashem is patiently waiting for you and me to reveal.

There are a million and one reasons as to why we are supposed to drink on Purim. Some say it’s to be b’simcha, some say it is to reveal our true selves, some say it’s because great Torah secrets can come from it. I’m not denying that. Me up against the Rishonim? No thanks, but here’s some food for thought-another, not very well-known reason for encouraging us to drink on Purim is–to keep us from removing the mask.

What is this mask hiding? The power of prayer on Purim. This is the day G-d saved an entire community of Jews from genocide. This is the day they all joined together despite office politics, shul drama and who’s contractor did a better job on finishing up the basement. They prayed with their full faith in G-d, and He turned their world around for them. That’s the power of of Purim. That is its ikar.

Go ahead. Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy the company of friends and family.Bake those hamintashin,shake those graggers…but don’t let go of this opportunity. Don’t rush through mincha because the seuda starts at 2 O’clock. Make this Purim a real Purim. Don’t be so concerned with feeling happy. If you’re a truly happy person, you understand that it takes a lot more than a bottle of Chardonnay and a silly costume to be that way. Take advantage of this opportunity. Treat Purim like a grown up should, and then you will see, it’s so much better than it was when you were a kid.

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3 Responses to “A Grown Up Purim”

  1. Bored Jewish Guy February 26, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    I agree with the point you’re making in this post but I have to say, dressing up as lady gaga is not a good idea, she’s gross.

    • coralcap February 26, 2010 at 5:11 am #

      I hundred percent concur with your opinion on Lady Gaga, but for some reason, there is a demographic of people who find her worth imitating. As grotesque as she is, you have to hand it to her, she could run a very successful costume boutique.

  2. Heather April 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    I am not a Lady Gaga too but there are a lot of people find her amusing and worth imitating, which makes me wonder what is about her costumes. I don’t even find it appealing.

    Heather
    Synaptol Reviews

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