Shabbat Parashat Tzav| 5771
Tzav | 13 Adar Beit 5771 | 3/13/2011
So much having to do with Purim seems to be hidden, from the absence of Hashem’s name in the Megilla, to the true identity of the costumed children, to the very name of Esther, which in Hebrew comes from the root for hidden. Part of the behind-the-scenes intrigue is the struggle of Haman and Mordechai. While one could have claimed (Heaven forbid, on our side) that it was about overly proud individuals, it was actually their generation’s continuation of the historical struggle between ancient nations.
On Purim, the level of levity during the Megilla reading seems to be ever increasing. Whereas once there were only graggers and stamping after the reading of “Haman”, now there seems to be a competition for the most audacious antics. Is that in keeping with the minhag and in line with the proper behavior in shul?
We read the pasuk with the double language of “shamoah tishma” (Shemot 15:26) as follows: If you listen to the old, you will listen to the new, and if your heart turns away, you will subsequently not listen.
A husband (=pl) demands that his wife (=def), from whom he has been separated for two years, receive a get, while she demands reconciliation. Pl claims that def is psychologically unstable and has been guilty of infidelity more than once. Pl wants def’s medical file to be shown to a neutral doctor for evaluation and wants to present witnesses as well as videos that were taken regarding inappropriate behavior. Def threatened the witnesses and those involved in the videos that she will have them prosecuted for breech of privacy (she works for the police) if they present evidence against her, and they backed down.
Nachum Eliezer Ra'anan
Naftali Hertz Cohen (Kamofsky)
ben Chayim HaCohen
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