[Avodah] Date of Purim

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Feb 26 01:28:47 PST 2013

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:18:12AM +0000, 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'?

As others already answered, even from year one we chose the day we rested
after fighting, not the war. But I think RAE was asking for a sevara,
not a source.

The Ohr Sameiach (MC, Shemos 12:16, "yeveyom) finds this significant,
and he notes something similar about the date of Chanukah. "Binfol
oyivkha al tismach" and "maasei Yadai tov'im bayam" mean that we do not
make holidays celebrating war or their victories. Only the salvation we
gained in their aftermath.

R' Shelomo Al-Qabetz (Manor haLevi 9:20, "vayikhtov Mordekhai") writes
similarly -- Purim is on the day of deliverance, not the day of the war,
because "HQBH does not rejoice in the destruction of evil people."

Tir'u baTov!

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