Fasting before Feasting – Rabbi Morris Panitz

March 4th, 2023 — Parashat Tetzaveh 5783

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Purim summons us to joy, but how do we access that joy when our hearts hurt from the shameful display of excessive violence this past week in Huwara? Our tradition pleads with us to linger in grief before we get to Purim, to mark a solemn day of fasting and course correction. For, the only road to real joy travels first through grief.