Mishpatim 5761

Tora - Torah

Parshat Mishpatim 1 Adar, 5761 February 24, 2001

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Something New:

It’s the beginning of Adar. Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh writes in a D’var Torah: The letter kuf means “monkey” (kof), the symbol of laughter and of the month of Adar. In accordance with the idiom “as a monkey in the face of man,” the kuf also symbolizes masquerade, an accepted custom of Purim. Before the miracle of Purim happened, Hashem “hid His face” from His children Israel. In the entire story of Purim, as related in the book of Esther, Hashem’s Name does not appear even once. By initially hiding one’s true identity, pretending to be someone else, the innermost essence of one’s true self becomes revealed.

Doesn’t this give a new meaning to the idea of becoming the monkey or crane or tiger as we practice our forms… as a method for discovering the divine spark within us? Each mask we wear reveals another part of the actor beneath it.

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