Soul Doctor Stories for Purim
Gut Purim – We share some inspiration soul doctor stories for Purim
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The Shabbat before Purim is Parshat Zachor. According to many Halachic authorities there is a Biblical requirement for everyone to hear the Torah reading on this Shabbat.
“Zachor” means to remember. On this Shabbat we take a second Torah out of the Ark and we read from the Book of Deuteronomy (25:17-19) about Amalek, a nation which always harbored an intense hatred for the Jews.
When the Jews left Egypt, there wasn’t a nation who dared to pick a fight with the Jews. Who in their right mind would start up with a people whose G-d just smacked around Egypt, the sole super-power of the times, with ten awesome plagues, and drowned the surviving few in a sea which split to allow the Jews to cross?! “Peoples heard and were agitated; terror gripped the dwellers of Phillistia. Then the chieftains of Edom were confounded. Trembling gripped the powers of Moab, all the dwellers of Canaan dissolved” (Exodus 15:14-15).
Only Amalek, driven by profound hatred which defied logic, came to battle the Jews.
We are commanded to constantly remember the evil deeds of Amalek and destroy them. We read this on the Shabbat before Purim because Haman was a descendant of Amalek.
A little Amalek lurks within every person. Amalek is the voice within the person which encourages a person not to allow him or herself to be inspired. No matter what sort of Divine Providence a person encounters — and everyone does — Amalek is shrugging it off.
Purim and Shelach Manos - Sending our love and our thoughts
When you love somebody very much, you think about them even when they are not there. This is ‘shalach manos’; sending gifts of food to one another, through a messenger. Why not face to face? Because in this way you are telling your friends that you are sending them your love, your thoughts, even when they are not there.
Everybody knows that the downfall of the world is ‘loshon harah’. The Gemara says that Haman is the master of ‘loshon hara’. Mordechai and Ester are masters of NON-‘loshon hara’. On Purim we do not send ‘shalach manos’ face to face; we are telling each other, even behind your back, I shall not speak evil about you.
Purim: Loving your neighbor like yourself
“I heard one story in Bobov, which, like-I told it all over the world. You know, Bobov, they weren’t so rich, in Poland. By the old Bobova Rebbe, Reb Shloimele, a hundred years ago. How much money did they have to buy beer? Though they had one big barrel of beer, and everybody was supposed to get a little drop. So there was one husky Chasid standing there, and drinking from the beer the whole time! Doesn’t let anybody get close. So the Bobova Rebbe says, “Hey, Avramele. You’re not the only person in the world. How about loving your neighbor as yourself? Somebody else wants beer also.”
He says, “Rebbe, that’s a good commandment for all year. But Purim I have to get drunk. So I gotta drink.” The Rebbe looked at him for a long time. He says, “If you love your neighbor like yourself, you can get drunk by giving a glass of beer to somebody else.” L’Chaim! L’Chaim!”
Layehudim hayta ora: For the Jews there was great light
This famous verse from the Book of Esther says “To the Jews there was light, gladness, joy and honor.” After having survived a threat of annihilation, our ancestors found reason to celebrate, and rightly so. Ora – light symbolizes our search for the qualities of happiness, the qualities of light and gladness, which happen in all times, not just in times of distress. That is why the verse is part of the Havdallah service each Saturday night, as we say good-bye to Shabbat and welcome the new week. Each week we pray for the opportunity that we will experience light and joy, gladness and honor.
Ora- what does it mean that the Jews had light? On Purim Mordechai is restored to a position of nobility, and the Jewish people once again have light, the light of Torah has been restored, the honor of Torah has been restored. Ultimately instead of facing destruction the Jewish people survive, and are allowed to resume construction of the Second Temple.
Purim is not only the celebration of our survival and triumph over Haman, but rather the eternal splendor , joy and divine light that the Torah’s wisdom can bring to our lives. Purim is a manifestation of the overwhelming joy of basking in the light that is Torah, the wisdom and inspiration that allows us to bring the light of the divine into our world.
Purim and Pessach: The beginning of our redemption
Our holy rabbis called Purim “the Dawn” – the sun isn’t rising yet but it’s no longer night. It’s in between, which is what makes dawn so special.
According to our holy rabbis it is the time when babies wake up and want to be nursed, the time when husband and wife wake up and want to be so close to each other. It is the time when the light of the Messiah is shining. It is a time when everyone dreams that today is the day of their redemption. Anybody who has ever been up all night has tasted the awesome depth and sweetness of davening at dawn. Have you ever prayed by the Holy Wall at dawn?
So Purim in the beginning of our redemption. We’re waking up and being drunk with the joy of being Jewish. Dawn is still too dark; we don’t really see each other. We only see with the eyes of our soul and my soul sees only G-d. On Purim I send out gifts but not face to face, This is how I let you know I see you with the eyes of my soul. That is why I love you so much.
Then, for thirty days we prepare ourselves. The way I prepare myself is by realizing that I don’t have vessels for redemption, What I must do is get rid of the old dirty vessels.
We are living in a crazy world, Everything is out of proportion, everything is inflated. The matzoh is just water and flour, the way it really is. Chometz is being blown up beyond proportion. On Pesach we change our dishes, everything is new. New light for new vessels. We realize we were only slaves because we did not receive G-d’s light with the right vessels. This is also true between other people and ourselves. On Pesach we have new vessels for each other’s love. The awakening is on Purim. But Purim is just one day, one minute. Light beyond vessels. Drunk. On Pesach I have new vessels.
Is there anything greater than the love of children for their parents or parents for their children? Is there anything sweeter than the questions of children? Seder night begins with children asking us the deepest questions. And we don’t really answer them, we just make the questions deeper; we are just telling children that we have the same questions all our lives.
The most terrible thing is that we keep pretending to our children that we do know the answers. On Seder night we admit we don’t know. But when Elijah the Prophet comes he will answer all the questions, no, he will not answer all the questions, but suddenly, in his presence, the questions will disappear.
We have no vessels to feel the pain of homeless people. That is why we are afraid to let them into our house. There is no peace in the world because we don’t have vessels for it. Yet on Pesach, the night of redemption, I have vessels for the homeless and I invite them to my house. On Seder night, hopefully, I have vessels to be one with my children. Let it be this year that we will have vessels to be one with the world.
There, is a matzoh of this world and there is a matzoh from heaven. The matzoh we eat at the beginning of the seder is matzoh from this world, matzoh of the earth. But at the end of the seder, when our children bring us a piece of matzoh, this is the matzoh from heaven. The matzoh which reaches so deep in us and makes us all into vessels to receive the light of Elijah, the light of redemption.
Some of us don’t even have vessels for our own souls. Do you know why we eat blown up bread? Why our lives are so blown up? It is because we cannot the sadness of the poverty of the bread in our lives. So we need to blow it up.
Our children steal the matzoh from us and bring it back to us later on. They am telling us, gevalt, are you holy. Parents, do you know what you could be to your children? Each time we console our children, when we take care of them, we become their Elijah the Prophet. Each time we kiss our children we are bringing the world closer to the Messiah. Seder night we are giving over our Yiddishkeit to our children. Please be so careful to give over the best to our children. We so often don’t teach our children because our Yiddishkeit has become blown up. So many people don’t believe in Israel anymore because they found the blown up Israel. On Seder night we give over Yiddishkeit the way it really is. On Seder night we fix our poor children who are turned off by blown up Yiddishkeit. What a night, what a night of all nights!
I wish you, brothers and sisters, the most glorious, divine seder.
From Reb Shlomo: This is one of the deepest Torahs of Reb Nachman. This month we are wiping out Amalek. Amalek is the archenemy of Israel, Amalek is the archenemy of every human being, especially of us Jews. Who is he? We are not talking about physically, a little brother Amalek running around, we are talking about Amalek! So everybody has teachings on this, this is one of the Torahs of Reb Nachman. Amalek is the one who comes to you and tells you 'You can't do it, you are not strong enough to do it.' What are told we are not strong enough to do? Imagine one day I wake up and I say 'Master Of The World, from now on I mamesh want to serve you'. Brother Amalek comes as a little voice'le inside of you and says 'Who are you kidding? I know you, you are a failure. You were a failure till now, I know you will do it for maybe for three days and then it's over’. I want you to know something awesome. I could swear that ninety percent of marriages that end up in divorce, some people were standing by the chuppa with Amalek energy, saying to each other 'I'd love to see how long this lasts'. Shooting, shooting arrows, shooting arrows. You know what the world is doing to us (Israel) now? And I don't want to talk politics. The world wants to tell us 'it won’t last, it won’t last'. Do you know how many young people want to do something and nobody gives them courage? Reb Nachman says this is the worst enemy. We always think that a good friend is someone who invites us for gefilte fish. I can buy gefilte fish myself. Sadly enough, most friends we have are our worse enemies. Reb Nachman says it a thousand times, your enemies are not your enemies, they are cute and sweet. Your enemies are your friends who tell that you won’t be able to do it because they know you so well. They think they know you. So I want you to know, Reb Nachman says that there are two things a person needs to be aware of. You can always begin but even more so, you also have the strength to finish what you took on, really till the end. You see, it takes a lot of courage to begin but this is not the courage we need. The deepest courage we need is to really hold out. You know what holding out is? Not that I am successful from beginning to end, that I am a failure everyday but gevalt I am holding out, holding out. This is the deepest. Whatever you think of people, that's what you think of G-d. Whatever you think of G-d that's what you think of people. You know what Amalek is telling us? 'Face it, do you really think that one day the world will be paradise, the world will be good? Look, G-d is trying for so many thousands of years and it doesn't work. Amalek is telling me the same thing about G-d also, about the whole world. Forget it, don’t waste your time, it won’t happen. So you know what we are doing on Purim? We are celebrating that it will happen! But now one step further, on Purim we are living on the level that it happened already. On Purim there is no Haman, on Purim we are mamesh living in another world. I don’t know how many of you have ever had the privilege to really have a real Purim. Some people think that if you eat two hamantashen you know what Purim is. I want you to know something. Our holy rabbis teach us, in the Gemara it says 'Yom Kepurim', that Yom Kippur is a little bit like Purim but not really. On Yom Kippur I am standing before G-d and I am telling G-d all my failures and asking for forgiveness. That's very nice but this is not the highest because who gave you the right to say something bad about yourself? In a certain deep way Amalek is still hanging around there. On Purim, when I wipe out Amalek I am not saying anything bad about myself. Now listen to this. We are sending gifts to each other but not face to face. Why not face to face? I want you to open your hearts. Do you know what I am doing with my failures? I am hiding them, I don't want you to know about them, when I am successful I can tell you. When I am bankrupt it's hard for me to admit it, I am not calling up and saying 'Thank G-d, another failure. Mazel Tov, I failed again’. Do you know why we are sending gifts? I am sending gifts to let you know that I give you strength to that part which you are hiding from me, I am giving you strength to that part which you think you have to hide. It's okay because that's the way G-d wanted the world to be, you only learn from mistakes. And here I want you to open your hearts in the deepest way. There are two kinds of learning in the world. There is learning that one and one equals two. If you are not a complete idiot you take your two fingers and one and one is two, or take your toes. (Whatever is more available, unless you have socks on) That's why the hippies were such good mathematicians. they always had their toes available. But then there is a different kind of learning. Do you know something, I'm getting married and I buy a book on marriage, it was $5.95, second hand. So I am learning and I know every word on the book, do I know how to do it? No because you only learn the real things in life by mistake. And you see, when you fail and make mistakes, this is the deepest teaching, this is the deepest process of learning. When you study the Talmud and you say you understand it, you are out. If G-d blesses you and you are on the level that you don’t understand then you are on the way to learning it. I’ll tell you something very deep. I’m sitting on the subway in New York going to Borropark. Next to me is this absolute beautiful girl, I can mamesh swear that she is my soul mate. I ask her ‘what’s your name’? ‘Channale’, pshhhh, take out my pen fast. ‘What’s your number?’, ‘435-6611’, gevalt, I write down her number. Next day I call her up, take her out and four weeks later we are married. Does it blow your mind? No. The craziest thing is I am sitting next to this girl, I don’t have a pen and I don’t have a paper and she is getting off at the next stop. She tells me her number is ‘435-6611’. Going down from the subway I am repeating it to myself but by the time I get home I don’t know anymore if it is 6611 or 1166. Do you know something? For 2000 years I dial every combination and one day gevalt, she is on the phone. Do you know how deep this is? So will you tell me that it is the same marriage as the one if I had my pen and paper in my hand? No, something else. And here I want you to open your hearts in the deepest way. Mount Sinai is the straight teachings, four corner tzitzis, don’t eat Ham. Everything is straight learning. Yerushalayim is the city of mistakes, everything is mistakes. You know why Dovid Hamelech is the one who built Yerushalayim? Dovid Hamelech is the master of mistakes, Dovid Hamelech always made mistakes, but you know what he did? He never gave up. Dovid Melech Yisrael Chai Vekayam, he lives forever. There is no mistake in the world big enough for him to give up. Why is it that right after Shabbos we have the feast of King David? Because I know I’m going to make two million mistakes this week. So King David gives me strength. So what, you made a mistake, so what? So now listen to me friends. The learning of mistakes doesn’t come from your head, it’s a different kind of learning. On Purim I’m not even learning, I am so busy sending out gifts, I’m so busy doing all kinds of things. On Purim I am drunk, you know what drunk is? I am learning beyond my head, I am learning beyond everything in the world. And here I want you to know, Purim is the utmost fixing of the Tree of Knowledge. What is the Tree of knowledge? I know that this is good and this is bad. What is the tree of life? Has nothing to do with right or wrong, good or bad. Listen to me, I meet this girl Chana’le, and the question is should I marry her? So someone says to me ‘she is a good girl’.
The question is not is she good or bad, the question is if she is my soul mate. The Tree of Knowledge doesn’t know that, the tree of knowledge only knows if it is good or bad, if it’s holy or unholy. And here I want you to open your hearts because what’s wrong with the tree of knowledge, don’t you have to know what’s right and what’s wrong? This is the deepest Torah in the world. What does Amalek really want? Amalek wants to take away your courage to live, Amalek wants you to be sad. What happens to you if I have failed ten times, I don’t have the courage to try anymore, and I am full of sadness. How do I get out of Amalek? On Purim gevalt am I besimcha. When I am drunk you can tell me anything in the world and I am still laughing in your face. You’ll tell me ‘Hey Shloime, you are the biggest failure in the world’, and I will say ‘Lechayim, I’m so glad. Gevalt, I have the privilege to be such a failure’. Who cares? How do you know what a failure is? If someone says to you ‘you went the wrong street’, are you sure it’s the wrong street? How do you know? You know how often we make a u-turn and we think we went the wrong way but this was the right way? On Purim I see this was the right way.