Prepare for Parsahat Zachor this Shabbat and for Purim this coming Wednesday night and Thursday by becoming more familiar with the Purim story and unlocking its underlying mysteries. Please click here.

To appreciate the underlying history and precipitating events that laid the foundation for the precarious situation within which Jews found themselves as the story of Purim begins to unfold, read this enlightening and intriguing analysis entitled “The True Story of Purim” from Rabbi Buchwald’s Torah Message that was offered on the Torah portion of Tezaveh, (which aligned two years ago with Parshat Zachor, on the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim). Out of respect for the Sabbath, please consider printing it on Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.