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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Purim Katan

TODAY, February 20th/ 14th Adar I is Purim Katan. Tzaddikim of all generations clarified that because of the matter of joining the Geula with Geula, the Geula of Purim and the Geula from Egypt in Nisan, we would otherwise observe Purim on the first Adar and not on the second Adar.
Since this year there are double Adars and Purim was posponed to the second Adar, the following are some of the Halachot (Jewish Laws) for Purim Katan:

We eat and drink on Purim Katan but not an increased amount.
We do not read Megillat Esther and not obligated to gift poor people.

The RaMA, zs'l, writes: 'וטוב לב - שאין לבו רע להנות אחרים'
"One with a gentle heart, whose heart is not wicked to give joy to others".
The meaning of this is that it's not possible that one who is obligated to drink and eat in a Seuda will not take care of others. Supporting this, some say that we are also obligated in Mishloach Manot (Purim food baskets).
On Purim Katan it is prohibited to fast.

A total Lunar Eclipse is scheduled for 15 Adar I, 5768. It will occur in the larger part of the world, including Eretz Israel. Usually, a lunar eclipse is not a good sign for Am Israel. Many Rabbanim and Bnei Aliya fast on the day of a lunar eclipse.

But if on the 15th of Adar I we have the tradition to observe a bit of Shushan Purim and are prohibited to fast and we eat and drink in honor of Purim Katan, it is not possible that the lunar eclipse that falls out on Purim Katan will not bring good news.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו