יחד בפורים

Together on Purim. In this limmud we will explore the times when we helped other and when others helped us through the story of Raba and Rabbi Zeira’s Purim seudah.
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Written by:
Yishai Singer
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מגילה דף ז

Raba said: A man is obligated to mellow oneself [get drunk] until he does not know the difference between 'cursed is Haman' and 'Blessed is Mordechai.'

 

Raba and Rabi Zeira made a Seudat Purim together. They became mellowed.

And then Raba arose and slaughtered Rabi Zeira. 

The next day he prayed for [divine] mercy and he returned to life.

 The next year, he said to him "Come and let us make a seudat purim together." 

He replied, "Not every single time does a miracle occur."

אָמַר רָבָא: מִיחַיַּיב אִינִישׁ לְבַסּוֹמֵי בְּפוּרַיָּא 

עַד דְּלָא יָדַע בֵּין אָרוּר הָמָן לְבָרוּךְ מָרְדֳּכַי

רַבָּה וְרַבִּי זֵירָא עֲבַדוּ סְעוּדַת פּוּרִים בַּהֲדֵי הֲדָדֵי. אִיבַּסּוּם

קָם רַבָּה שַׁחְטֵיהּ לְרַבִּי זֵירָא 

לְמָחָר, בָּעֵי רַחֲמֵי וְאַחֲיֵיהּ

לְשָׁנָה, אֲמַר לֵיהּ: נֵיתֵי מָר וְנַעֲבֵיד סְעוּדַת פּוּרִים בַּהֲדֵי הֲדָדֵי 

אֲמַר לֵיהּ: לָא בְּכֹל שַׁעְתָּא וְשַׁעְתָּא מִתְרְחִישׁ נִיסָּא

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  1. Read the story. Which line intrigues you?
  2. Who invited who, on the following year? Support your answer.
  3. Who helped who in this story? How?
  4. Give an example of a time when you helped a student and give an example of time when a student helped you.
  5. In general who helps you fix your mistakes?
  6. What is something that you have done that you would like to have the opportunity to fix?
  7. What miracle am I hoping for this year?

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