HaRav Shteinman Gave a Special Purim Talk at Yeshivas Orchos
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
"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."