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Section: Moadim   Category: Purim
Purim: Rav Gedalya Schorr - With Haman Gone All Is Clear
Rebbi Yochanan in his introduction to the Megila quoted the pasuk, "Zachar Chasdo L'Bais Yisroel Ra'u Kol Afsei HaAretz Eis Yeshuas Elokeinu" (Tehilim 98:3).  "When did everybody see the salvation from Hashem", asked Rebbi Yochanan?  "In the days of Mordechai and Esther."

Why does Rebbi Yochanan think that this pasuk refers to the story of Purim?  There were so many open miracles before the time of Purim.  Moreover Purim itself was really a hidden miracle.  It could be easily reconciled as a naturally evolving story.  First the King kills his rebellious wife and finds a new Queen.  When the new queen complains that a top minister wants to wipe out her and her people, the king kills him.  Is this so miraculous?

Everything that happens in the world is an open miracle.  The whole bria is obviously the hand of Hashem.  It is we who are blind to this.  All we need to do is open our eyes to see it.  We need to stop looking at the world in term of nature, and events as happenstance or "Mikreh".  Rav Gedalia Schorr in Ohr Gedalyahu explains that the worst propagator of happenstance in the world is our deadly enemy, Amaleik.  Amaleik is the koach of cooling off every feeling and clear sighting of Hashem, by rationalizing it away.

Purim was a victory over Haman who was the Koach of Amaleik.  When we defeat Amaleik the truth behind the world becomes crystal clear.  Without Amaleik, even a series of logical political events, one following the other, can be seen in it true light.  Without Amaleik, everything is clearly the hand of Hashem no matter how rational it seems.  Rebbi Yochanan tells us that this pasuk refers to the defeat of Amaleik.  When that happens even the simplest people in the world can also see Hashem.
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