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Megillah 12a-12b: A Party It Was

How Could Vashti Think to Get Away With Such Chutzpah?

1 hr 18 min

Class Summary:

This class was presented on Tuesday Parshas Tetzaveh, 7 Adar, 5780, March 3, 2020, at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY

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    Mark -4 years ago

    Why was Mordechai able to wear shatnis? Was this a reference to tzitzit? why does the Megillah go out of it was to explain that the was wearing wool and linen?

    יָצָא מִלִּפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ בִּלְבוּשׁ מַלְכוּת תְּכֵלֶת וָחוּר וַעֲטֶרֶת זָהָב גְּדוֹלָה וְתַכְרִיךְ בּוּץ וְאַרְגָּמָן וְהָ שׁוּשָׁן צָהֲלָה וְשָׂמֵחָה׃

    Mordecai left the king’s presence in royal robes of blue and white, with a magnificent crown of gold and a mantle of fine linen and purple wool. And the city of Shushan rang with joyous cries."

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    • Anonymous -4 years ago

      The Rama in his comentary on the Megillah "Mechir Yayin" explains that the two garments were seperate from each other, not interwoven with each other. The Ramah writes that it says there "Tachrich," which means they were not connected to each other.

      The Mareh Yechezkel Terumah explains that it was Shatnex, based on a Zohar that in the Holy of Holies the Kohen Gadol could wear Shatnez (and also the belt of the Kohen was shatnez), because in the place of deep holiness the paradoxes can merge. Purim was one of the deepest and holiest moments in Jewish history, and hence Mordechai can go out in shatnez.

      It can be explained even better based on this class about shatnez: 


      Here is the quote from the Mareh Yechezkel:

      שושנת יעקב צהלה כו', דלכאורה קשה דמרדכי לבש שעטנז דכתיב [אסתר ח טו] ותכריך בוץ וארגמן דהוא צמר ופשתים גם תכלת וחור כו', אבל הענין הוא דאיתא בזה"ק פ' קדושים [ח"ג פ"ז ע"א] ע"פ דרשה צמר ופשתים דהכהן גדול הלך לפני ולפנים בשעטנז משום דשם האורות מתייחדין, והיינו דקין והבל היו ב' הפכיים דקין הביא זרע פשתן והבל הביא מבכורות צאנו, אבל כשאין פירוד אז הם מתייחדין אשא חיורא ואשא סומקא ע"י אשא תכלא שהוא מראה התכלת הרקיע שעל ראשי החיות כנודע, וע"כ כאן בנס פורים שקבלו התורה עליהם במסירת הנפש ונתאחדו האורות לכך הותר למרדכי ללבוש שעטנז, וידוע ששושנה אית לה שבעה עלין המורה על שבעת המדות שיש בהן דין ורחמים ולמעלה הן מתאחדין וזהו שושנת יעקב היתה צהלה ושמחה ע"י השלום והאחדות בשרשן, בראותן יחד תכלת מרדכי שזהר העליון שהוא אשא תכלא היה חופף על מרדכי והיה הכל ביחד, ועי"כ תשועתם היית לנצח להמתיק הדינין בשרשן ותקותם בכל דור ודור, כי תקוה קאי על קו האמת ובריח התיכון כמ"ש תקות חוט השני, וכדאיתא בכוונות על ותקוה טובה לדורשיך.

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    Sara Metzger -4 years ago

    "A boor speaks up first"!

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    Yet after every shiur on the site we are bidden to be the first to comment! To show off boorosity?

    The second party was for "our crowd"  The local favorites. Very reminiscent, lehavdil, of the concept of Shemini Atzeres on which days there is also increased drinking.

    It was said that the superfluous nonsensical first tweet, I mean, edict, that "every man should rule his own home" made the populace doubt the king's sanity so that when the edict to commit genocide came out, they doubted his sanity and didn't jump to fulfill. Politics aside, these days too, there seems to be many startling words from the King coming out. Even the Queen has banished her ainikel, his wife and her great grandchild.

    About the elevated importance of clothing for women there is the story of a local shoe store. When they opened up a second store and designated one for men and one for women, people thougtht they were being very frum. It turns out that that was not the reason. Men come in, they know what they want and are out in a minute. Women can try on a dozen different shoes and then ask "what else do you have?" Meantime the men were waiting in line. The two stores are really Express checkout or not, not men's and ladies.

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Gemarah Megillah #27

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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  • 7 Adar 5780
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Dedicated by Mark Korn in loving memory of Chaim Gamaliel ben Shlomo, in honor of the yartzeit, on 7 Adar II  

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