The Power of Purim

Baruch Gordon,

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Baruch Gordon
Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva - website in 1995 and served as manager and News Director for its English Media Department for 14 years. Today he serves as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Israel Defense Forces Preparatory Academy in Bet El and Bet El Institutions. He also directs which offers countrywide tours of Israel. Baruch founded in Bet El a Smicha Program for working men, and received his smicha in 2014 from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Baruch served in the IDF Search and Rescue Unit. Born and raised in Memphis, he was elected International President of United Synagogue Youth in high school and soon after became religious while studying at Tufts University. Baruch resides with his wife Anat, a native Israeli, in Bet El and has 7 Sabra children and even more grandchildren. ...

I've always felt that posting a blog post while even slightly inebriated is probably not a good idea. But, today is the Jewish holiday of Purim, and I don't want to be caught sober by any Rabbi who may accuse me of not properly celebrating the holiday. So here we go.

I am sipping wine from the Montefiore Winery which is partially owned by an important statesman whose name I am sworn to secrecy for another short while. The wine is expensive but really fantastic.

And this brings me to the first point of this blog post. J'accuse!

Yes, I accuse the Jews of the Diaspora and I'll add our fellow non-Jewish believers as well.  How can you sip any wine but Israeli wine? How can Jews of the Diaspora make kiddush on any wine but Israeli wine? How can our non-Jewish friends partake of wine that is not from grapes grown in Israel?

Behold, the famous commentator on the Shulchan Aruch, the Bach, reveals a secret of our holy Torah when he says (Siman 208), "when a person partakes of the fruits of the Land of Israel, these fruits nurture from the upper worlds and are infused with the holiness of the Divine Providence... so when a person eats the fruits of Israel, this person is partaking of the holiness of the shechina (the Divine)."

So get with it, my beautiful friends. From now on, only Israeli wines. Drink wine and feel the holiness. There's nothing like it. Get High on Israeli wines at every social function. Make it a conversation piece. Let your friends know that you specifically chose an Israeli wine for the above reason. Feel the power of the Land of Israel by when you drink of its wines.

Back to the Power of Purim. On Purim, it says in the Megilla (The Book of Esther) that the King turned to Esther and said, "What is your wish and it will be granted, what is your request and it will be done."

My holy friends, the Hassidic master from Slonim explains that on the holiday of Purim, the King of Kings, the Holy One Blessed Be He turns to each and every one of us and overlooks our shortcomings, our mistakes, our transgressions and for this one day of Purim, he opens up all channels to grant our requests "and it will be done." So don't let this day pass you by without finding a few moments of opening your heart to the Guider of History, the G-d of Israel and asking for anything and everything. This is the day that the Divine channels are open. As we open our wallets and give freely to anyone who asks today without checking after him to make sure he is legitimate, so too, the Holy One opens his channels and grants requests event to those of us who are worthy of it.

And that's part of the Power of Purim. Utilize it. 

I close with a written blessing from Rabbi Zalman Melamed, the famed Rabbi of Bet El and Dean of Bet El Institutions:

The Miracle of Purim teaches us that not everything that seems bad is actually bad. What appeared to be the worst of all, was transformed to being good. Not only did the threat (in the Book of Esther that the Jewish Nation would be annihilated) pass, but "it was reversed so that the Jews gained control of those who hated them."

From every crisis, we emanate with added strength!


I wish to bless you and your families in the name of the teaching staff, the administration of Bet El Institutions, and all the students that the joy of Purim will stay with you throughout the entire year.

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Happy Purim

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