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Yoma and Megillas Esther

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1Yoma and Megillas Esther Empty Yoma and Megillas Esther on Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:44 pm

Since we just had Purim, and there is the famous Ari zal that Yom Kippurim is "k'Purim", like Purim, I wondered if people can suggest connections between the story of the Megillah and Maseches Yoma.

I'll start off with a couple that occurred to me this year:

  1. Israel fasts and does teshuvah in the Purim story.
    Esther has to go in to the King, beyond the point where anyone is allowed to go, to plead for her people - like the Cohen Gadol on Yom Kippur.
  2. She actually does this twice - like the Cohen Gadol on Yom Kippur.
  3. She invites two people to her seudah, the King (Chazal say that when it says, the King, it really (also?) means Hashem) and Haman, then picks one of the two to be identified as the Villain. Chazal actually say that it wasn't her choice; she was going to point to the King, but a malach redirected her hand to point to Haman. The Villain is selected to be cast away - like on Yom Kippur, when the sair is selected to be sent away.
  4. Unlike most Jewish important historical events, where we are led by a gadol in the Torah (or a navi), here the action involves two heroes. One, Esther, needs to take care of things Inside, in the inner courtyard of the King. The other, Mordechai, is taking care of things Outside; he isn't even allowed to go into the King's Outer courtyard in his sackcloth. - like on Yom Kippur, where the Cohen Gadol goes Inside, and the Ish Iti takes the sair completely Outside.

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3Yoma and Megillas Esther Empty Re: Yoma and Megillas Esther on Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:13 pm

5. Mordechai's triumphant exit from before the king, "in kingly garment, techeles and white, with a big golden crown, bound in linen and purple, and the city of Shushan rejoiced." It reminds me of the glorious exit of the cohen gadol after his service (Perek 7, mishnah 4), "he used to make a Yom Tov [celebration] for his friends when he left in peace from the Holy of Holies." And of course see the piyut Mar'eh Cohen from the Machzor, where the focus is his glorious appearance.
6. The two se'irim are chosen by "lots". And of course Purim is named after the "lots" of Haman.

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