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Section: Daas Torah   Category: Rav Shimshon
Pesach in The Aftermath of Purim

Purim is the holiest day of the year according to the Arizal.  You get intoxicated with love for Hashem… or so we hoped. Maybe some of you, like me, just got plain drunk without much spiritual lift.  What a disappointment!  You thought you’d be soaring with Ahavas Hashem, cutting all ties to the lower world, yet you found yourself groveling like a drunkard, the epitome of man’s lowness and earthliness.

One of Rav Shimshon Pincus’s favorite topics is the cycle of Yomim Tovim. The Yomim Tovim of the year are like the lifecycle of a person.  It starts on Pesach with our birth as a nation when we are released from being trapped in the womb of Mitzrayim. We become independent enabling us to start a relationship with Hashem.  Shavuos is our Bar Mitzva when we receive the torah.  The Yomim Noraim culminate with Hoshana Rabba and Shemini Atzeres, which is our marriage to Hashem. Chanukah is the making up over our first marital spat.  Purim is when we finally become one with Hashem.

Do you realize what this means? Purim not so coincidentally“falls out” thirty days before Pesach. This is the day that according to Halacha we start preparing for Pesach.  So even as we are wrapping up the previous year trying to finish on a high note we are starting the next cycle all over again!  Usually in life when we blow a big opportunity that we have been building up to for so long we don’t get another chance all that quickly.  Yet on Purim if we miss our big chance for “Dveykus”, that very same day is the first day of the next cycle.

Purim is not a one-day event.  It is the grand finale for those who spent a full year toiling in perfecting their Avodas Hashem.  Instead of sulking about our missed Purim opportunity we should use this as an incentive and start today to prepare ourselves the first 354 days of the year for next Purim. Maybe then we can finally reach the “high” we are looking for.

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