Thursday, March 1, 2007

Megillah 17a Reading Megillah Backwards

The Gemara in Megillah (17a) states that one who reads the Megillah lemafreia, literally backwards, has not fulfilled his obligation. The word lemafreia , when one scrambles the letters, is an acrostic for the words pur leam, Purim for the nation. Thus, we can interpret this ruling to mean that if one views the Purim story as happenstance, and it remains by him a pur, he has not fulfilled his obligation, because he has failed to see the Hand of HaShem that was involved in every event that culminated in the great miracle.

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