[Avodah] Date of Purim

Zev Sero zev at sero.name
Mon Feb 25 20:36:06 PST 2013

On 25/02/2013 7:18 PM, Allan Engel wrote:
> Does anyone address the issue of why Purim was instituted on the 14th (and 15th) of Adar, rather than the 13th, which was the proposed date (via the Pur) of the planned destruction, and subsequently the date 'Asher Yishlettu HaYehudim BeSon'eihem'?

Yes, the megillah addresses it!  It's the day they celebrated, which was
after the war, not during it.  On the day of the war they fasted (or would
have, had they not been forbidden to because of pikuach nefesh); the next
day they feasted.

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