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Eternal Struggle: Mordechai and Haman By: Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller examines Perek 2, with an introduction to Mordechai and Esther, and a deepening of our understanding of the galut, exile, and the specific roles of Haman and Mordechai. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod formats.

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  • shoshie wrote on March, 8 2016 11:01 am

    I just listened to a very thought provoking shiur by Reb. Heller…/arti…/Rebbetzin%20Tziporah%20Heller/ She goes off on a tangent and speaks about the beauty contest with in our world today for a few minutes and I have to agree with her that our focus has gotten so external. We hear about the "shidduich crisis" all the time, when really there is a middos/ priority crisis going on. What will it help to encourage boys to go out younger, when the reason people aren't getting married (and staying married!!) is because of our mixed up hashkafas, which I think is the real crisis!

    • Devora wrote on March, 10 2016 10:03 am

      This reminds me of the story of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananya and the princess. When the emperor’s daughter asked Rav Yehoshua ben Chananya, who was known to be very unsightly, “Why did Hashem put such wisdom into such an unattractive vessel?” He replied, “Why does your father store his fine wine in such ugly earthen jugs? When she replaced her father’s jugs with gold ones, the wine soured. Rav Yehoshua explained, “Just like wine ages well in ugly vessels, so too Torah is better preserved in unappealing people.” The emperor countered, “But there are beautiful people who are very wise." To which Rav Yehoshua replied, "If they would have been less handsome, they would have learned more." I'm not denigrating looking nice. Reb. Heller actually points out in another lecture that kohanim with physical deformities were forbidden to serve in the beit hamikdash. The human body is meant to express the soul and therefore a body that is perfect and beautiful reflects a certain dimension in creation. However there is purpose in having another sort of body too. And certainly physical beauty is not an indication of refined middos and good character which is really what will make or break a marriage in the long run.

      • Tzippy wrote on March, 10 2016 10:20 am

        But what are we to do when young men say 'I need to be married to someone attractive'? Can we tell them to force their intellect to completely rule out and ignore their more 'base' instincts, which are also from Hashem and are the way Hashem makes sure that the world continues? It says that when the chachamamim tried to remove the yetzer hara for 'arayos' - illicit desires, all reproduction in the world - even in the animal kingdom- came to an abrupt stop - there needs to be male/female attraction. Also, young men will say why can't I have it all? There are plenty on pretty girls who are good people too!

  • shoshie wrote on March, 8 2016 11:06 am

    I also found the references is Hashem as the Melech explained in an incredible way.

  • Stephen S wrote on March, 13 2016 8:00 am

    It is interesting about the Beauty Contest. Yes every man & every woman wish to marry attractive partners with hopes that their children will also carry this trait. But in today's Jewish religious society many women are wearing wigs that are perhaps more beautiful than their own hair & some even change the colour or cut frequently (via the wigs). Is this not contrary to stated laws that man must keep himself from even touching a woman just in case something else might develop. Are these wigs as well as the makeup not posing a major distraction to the men who wish to study or do business? Is it proper for the women to be making themselves so attractive with all the garnishing that they indeed become the distraction men are attempting to ward off? Curious!

    • Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller wrote on March, 19 2016 11:53 pm

      Tznius is a middah, and not just a collection of rules. Unfortunately we ive in times in which this middah is disparged in the greater world, and their influence filters down to us. Some women use extremely little common sense (as do some men ) in anything requiring self-restraint. This of course includes care in words etc. The issue of shaitels per se is really not more relevant than the other issues that have become part of our collective life as a p eople in exile and under the influence of the societies that we live in. Shaitels are muttar according to the vast majority of Ashkenazi Poskim, so is makeup. The fact that the Torah permits it means that it isn't inherently prolematic. What is (at least in my opinion) is the lack of self restraint that some women have with the makeup they wear and the kind of shaitels they select. Unfortunately this is part and parcel of the general vulgarity of today's society. May Hashem take us out of galus soon and b'rachamim. All the best, Tziporah

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Class: Megillot I

Added: March 03, 2008

Class Number: 2 of 16

Time: 57:40

Topics: Exile / Megillot / Megillat Esther / Purim


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