The Pile of Achashveirosh and the Pit of Haman

(to download the full piece with footnotes click here or email me ) The first stanza of the Selichos of Ta’anis Esther begins: “When an Adam – Haman- rose against us, and partnered with the devious kingdom, they decided to sell us like a mound of dirt and an empty pit with no one to…

Monkeys, Satan, and Wine

One of the main aspects of Purim is the mitzvah of drinking wine ad dl’lo Yada, until one does not know, the difference between arur Haman and baruch Mordechai . Much has been said about this, and the proper way to fulfill this mitzvah. There is a fascinating Midrash Tanchuma that sheds some light on…