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Regarding giving Tzadeka on
Purim כל מי שפושט ידו לטל נותנים לו, whoever puts forth his hand for money,
This also refers to Tefila as if we put forth our hands toward Hashem in Tefila
on Purim, He will answer us.
This is what Purim is about. The Maharal writes …because the salvation of the Jews in
this Geula was the power of Tefila…
Elsewhere, he tells us the miracle of Purim is because Hashem heard our
Tefila…and there hasn’t been another Geula where we were in a Tzara and Hashem
heard our Tefila
like this one.
The Pasuk statesויאמר המלך לאסתר...ומה שאלתך וינתן לך ומה בקשתך עוד ותעש,
the king said to Esther…what is your request now? It shall be granted to you.
What is your petition further? It shall be fulfilled. This alludes to Tefila on
Purim as המלך refers to Hashem.
He says לאסתר, to each person who is in a position of concealment of Hashem (הסתר פנים), that whatever you ask for, I will give it.
The Nesivos Shalom tells us that even a decree that is written and sealed with
the stamp of The King (Hashem), נכתב ונחתם בטבעת
can be torn up on Purim.
Let us cite the incredible
words of R’ Yitzchak Isaac of Kamarna:
"I received from my teachers that on the two days of Purim,
someone with a small Neshama can ascend to the היכל, hall in heaven, of
Tzadik, without any disturbance. Also, all Tefillos go up to the highest levels
(כתר) without deterrence, without being checked whether he is
worthy…. I received this silently, in a whisper, and I am passing it on like a רכיל, one who repeats secrets, because of my love for Jews.” So,
Tefila during the days of Purim ascends to the כסא הכבוד, throne of glory without
any prevention or scrutiny.
On Purim, the supplications
of any simple Jew go straight to the כסא הכבוד as is alluded to in הקרובים והרחוקים, the Jews who are close to Hashem and those who are further.
They, too, can get answered with their Tefilos on Purim.
The Divrei Shmuel
points out that the first letters of what we say in Nishmas (Nusach Sefard) צעקת הדל תקשיב ותושיע, the screams of the destitute You listen
to and save, spell תצוה, the week that Purim usually comes out in.
This alludes to the special power of Tefila at this time. In relating the
discourses of the Sages, the Gemara says פתח לה
פיתחא להאי פרשתא, he introduced his lecture on Esther…
This statement hints to the power of Tefila on this day as it is a day (להאי פרשתא) when we can break through (פתח לה
with our Tefilos.
relates that Rabba and R’ Zeira had the Purim Seuda together where they became
Then קם רבה שחטיה לר' זירא, Rabba arose and slew R’ Zeira. Another explanation is that on
Purim, a special day for Tefila. So קם רבה—arise
and daven for big things (רבה means big, great) because you can be answered. שחטיה
לר' זירא—don’t settle for asking for little on Purim, as זירא can be
interpreted to mean small as in זעירא.
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the
tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received
Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous
topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family
in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.