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HaRav Shteinman Gave a Special Purim Talk at Yeshivas Orchos Torah

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman shlita gave a special talk on Purim Night at Yeshivas Orchos Torah, which he heads, following a learning session at the yeshiva that lasted for hours. After the talk the learning continued until Tefillas Vosikin.

The Purim Night learning at Yeshivas Orchos Torah lasts for three hours until midnight, when the Rosh Yeshiva delivers a talk.

"It is well known that what caused Homon's decree, to destroy, kill and obliterate, was because they benefited from the feast given by that evil man. It doesn't say the food was treif; the food was kosher. There wasn't even bishul akum, but still the decree was because they partook of the feast.

"Although this is not a real prohibition per se, still if many people go to eat in a restaurant owned by a non-Jew it's considered a sin, so much so that the decree for this was a decree, , to destroy, kill and obliterate. Who did this? Only the Jews of Shushan, yet because of this there was a decree against all of Klal Yisroel. This shows the gravity of this and that a sin committed by the public was more substantial.

"Nevertheless," said HaRav Shteinman, "had there been unity among the Jewish people these decrees would not have been, therefore chachomim determined that this unity should be achieved through Mishloach Manos and Matanos Le'evionim. If there is unity there are no decrees.

"Therefore," continued the Rosh Yeshiva, "it says that even on Yom Kippur, according to the Arizal, Yom Kippur is like Purim. Just as on Purim there is love and fellowship, and the same should be on Yom Kippur in order to be exonerated. This is what is to be learned from Purim: just as Purim is supposed to be with love and fellowship, so too on Yom Kippur it is needed to succeed. We have to study and be in unity as much as possible. As long as there is unity, the Soton is sapped of his strength, the yetzer horo'oh lacks the strength to cause trouble."


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