"Shabbat Shalom from Bangkok"

Gratitude Seders

By the Grace of G-d

Dear Friend,

The rush hour train from Manhattan to Brooklyn was jam packed with people, yet strangely enough there seemed to be a few empty seats in the carriage I had entered.

My nose picked up the reason for the vacant seats at about the same time that my eyes noticed the forlorn, filthy human being who was sitting on the subway bench with no one near him on both sides.

I am sure that many people in that train car felt pity for that man just as I did, yet I do not realistically think that anyone did anything concrete to help this person out of his plight and I’m not sure anyone even knew what they could do. Just thinking about how to solve this persons predicament seemed overwhelming. A few stops later the man shuffled out dejectedly, leaving the passengers in my carriage able to breathe easier – quite literally.

Being unaccustomed to seeing these sights, I could not seem to get the sad picture out of my mind and searched for a message that I could extract from this encounter other than the obvious ones centered on charity ….

Then it dawned on me.

Imagine if someone in the subway would have taken the man home, bathed him, clothed him, healed his skin sores and given him a place to call home.

Imagine if it was not just a regular person who was his savior, but it was the king of the country who had taken him into his royal chambers to live right near him. Can you even begin to describe the unimaginable feelings of thankfulness and gratitude that the unfortunate man would have to his royal savior?

This is how our Sages portray ever so vividly what Passover is all about.

We, the Jewish people were like that man in his poor wretched state.

As a people we were enslaved and metaphorically smelly and filthy lying as we were in poverty on the garbage heap in Egypt.

And it was from that abject state of poverty and wretchedness that the great King – G-d Almighty himself -extracted us and rehabilitated us, bringing us into his own private chambers and showing us every sign of love.

This gives us some kind of illustration as to the nature and depth of our collective feeling of gratitude and indebtedness for the miracle of Exodus from Egypt.

The Jewish People practices gratitude in a most incredible way. Our gratitude to G-d has not waned over the years. On the contrary, it has gotten stronger and stronger during the more than three thousand years since our redemption at the time of Pessach.

Join a Seder to express your gratitude to Almighty G-d for his everlasting kindness to us.

Also, make liberation a reality in your life.

What does ‘liberation’ mean to us in a contemporary way?

The same thing it meant to the Jews that were redeemed from Egypt.

No one had ever escaped from Egypt. The Jewish people knew that they were destined to stay stuck in slavery.

The game changer was the liberation that G-d carried out.

So too, in our lives, we are stuck in places from which we cannot extricate ourselves.

For some it may be an addiction that they cannot overcome.

Others may struggle with staying focused on what they ought to do without getting distracted by the glitz and glamor of the things that they are not meant to do.

Examples for inner slavery, abound.

It is critical to be self-aware and notice where one is trapped.

The recognition that we are in some form of slavery is the first step to liberation from that ‘stuckness’.

And the awareness that it is only G-d who can take us out and liberate us from that captive state is the first step of our personal Exodus.

This is available to us every day of the year. And indeed we are instructed to remember the going out of Egypt every day because it is relevant and pertinent at all times.

It gets especially heightened during this time of the year when the Exodus from Egypt took place. At this time in the calendar, the month of Nissan, there is an air and aura and potential in the air for personal liberation.

Here in Thailand, we have multiple Seder options.

In Bangkok click here for optionsIn Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Phuket, Pai, Ko Pangan. Preparations are going on full speed ahead.

If you are hosting your own Seder, please make sure to pick up some special handmade round ‘Shmura Matza’ for your Seder plate. It will be my pleasure to provide you with this special Seder Matza for use on Seder nights.

And click here to sell your chametz.

With Blessing,

Rabbi Yosef Kantor

Hide it under mattress?

By the Grace of G-d

Dear Friend,

The best place for money is in the bank.


Maybe not.

Over the past few weeks there have been some banks in the USA that have gone bankrupt.

So what should a person do with his money?

Put it under the mattress? Invest it in real estate? Convert it into diamonds?

I am not a financial advisor, and this is not a money management column.

This is an article that transmits Torah teachings and values.

From the Torah’s perspective ‘You only own what you give away’

The following story illustrates this point.

In medieval Europe a rabbi was appointed senior adviser at the royal court. At one point, the rabbi was asked to disclose the records of his holdings. The rabbi, a wealthy man, produced a list and hand delivered it to the king.

However, upon investigation it was discovered that many of his properties were not listed. The ministers brought their discovery to the king, and accused the rabbi of deceit.

The rabbi explained: "When the king asked me to disclose my holdings I included only those properties and funds that I have donated to charity. Those are the holdings I know will always be mine. All other properties do not truly belong to me, for today they are mine and tomorrow they may be taken from me..."

I have heard people tell personal stories that attest to the same point.

Max (Menachem Mendel) who survived the Holocaust by jumping off the train to Treblinka, told me the following.

‘My father used to send me with sums of money to the post office to send ‘money orders’ to his Rebbe for distribution to tzedakah. He asked me not to tell my mother as my mother would chide my father for giving tzedakah too generously. She would say ‘better put aside the money for the expenses of our children that we need to marry off’. (She didn’t really know the intricacies of the business and the extent of my father’s business success).

Max emotionally concluded ‘by the end of the Holocaust no one remained alive and most of the family money was lost due to the war’.

The money that Max’s father had distributed to tzedakah endures and remains the spiritual possessions and legacy of the family.

A friend from my Yeshiva days told me the following inspiring story that took place a year or two ago.

At the end of a spirited ‘Seduat Mashiach’ (meal eating at the end of Pesach) his friend invited him to match his donation of a few hundred thousand dollars to a worthy charity. Under the influence of the inspiration of the ‘four cups’ traditionally drank at that end of Pesach meal, my friend took upon himself the half a million dollars matching donation.

The next day, when the inspiration was not as strong, he started having gnawing doubts about the size of his largesse.

A short while later he noticed that a start-up stock that he had invested one hundred thousand dollars in, had risen to five times its initial price and was now worth five hundred thousand dollars.

He sold the stock and paid his inspired pledge of half a million dollars.

In my friends’ words ‘by nature I am a ‘holder’ of investments and don’t usually sell. If not for this super generous donation I had committed to, I would not have sold this investment stock’.

A few weeks later the stock price came down and was worth less than what he had paid for it.

Incredible story. The four hundred thousand dollars that my friend ‘made’, would have dissipated and disappeared. It would have been one of those ‘paper money’ stories that was merely a ‘mountain and valley’ on the graph of the stock value.

Now that the money was given to Tzedaka, the money was transformed into the mitzva of building a House of Prayer and a House of Torah Study.

This kind of ‘profit’ can never be taken away.

I am in New York visiting donors to solicit funds for our Passover Seders, (we are expecting some nine thousand guests at our Thailand locations).  By Divine Providence I visited one of my dear donor friends just after he finished wiping tears of emotion from his eyes.

Listen to his uplifting story.

Someone had tried to swindle me by selling me an item that turned out to be inauthentic. It took several years and much effort and expense to get my money back. I had decided that I didn’t want that money back. If I succeeded in reclaiming the money, I would give that recouped money to tzedakah. I would distribute these funds to charities that were not in my usual repertoire.

I won the case thank G-d. The swindler was forced to reimburse me for his dishonesty. I now had a respectable amount of money to distribute to tzedakah.

One of the causes that I donated to, was a fund that provides financial support to couples suffering from infertility.

Just before you walked in, I received a note of gratitude from a couple who was blessed with children after receiving my help with infertility treatments.

I am overcome with emotion at the great gift that I received through giving this tzedakah.

This is a gift of tzedakah that is everlasting. As the children born through the gift of his help, will in turn please G-d have children etc etc.

The Parsha’s of this week (Vayakhel and Pekudei) describes the exemplary generosity and giving that the Jewish people exhibited in the contributions to building the Mishkan. The women led the way with their enthusiastic participation and the men followed suit. To the extent that Moshe had to announce that the collection was over as the coffers were full.

By giving physical tzedakah one is able to create a space of holiness for G-d to reside. It’s empowering and uplifting to know that we can transform our physical possessions into conduits of G-d’s Holiness. Click here for a deep teaching on this concept.

The first thing we should do when we get reminded about the uncertainty of money by failing banks and financial markets shakeups, is to make sure to invest in the most secure and everlasting asset.


Giving to others.

During such times we ought to strengthen our commitment to tithing our money. The Torah teaches us that we should be giving ten (to twenty) percent of our incomes to Tzedaka. (If someone doesn’t have enough for their own rudimentary needs of life this obligation is adjusted accordingly).

The Torah also promises that if you give Maaser (tithe), you get blessings that bring you additional finances. Click here for more regarding this ‘promise’.

Try it.

And what to do with the other eighty or ninety percent?

As I said from the outset, I am not a financial advisor. However I do want to bring to your attention the special blessing that is connected to the holy land of Israel. Even when it comes to investing your money.

Click here to see the Rebbe advise someone that Eretz Yisrael is the surest place for Jewish people to invest.

May we all be blessed with an abundance of material blessings so that we can give tzedakah to help Jewish institutions and needy people with abundance.

Tzedakah is a most impactful way to bring the Redemption sooner.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Yosef Kantor

Unity Reality

By the Grace of G-d

Dear Friend,

The taste of Purim is still fresh. The exuberance and joy are still palpable.

The togetherness at the Purim celebrations all throughout Thailand is uplifting and exhilarating.

I don’t want to get down from the ‘high’.

And I don’t have to.

The next joyous holiday is upon us in less than thirty days.

The smell of Pesach is already wafting through the air. The aromas of the cleansing agents that are part of cleaning the home from Chametz are triggering childhood memories of cleaning for Pesach.

The Shmura Matzah, kosher wine, matza-ball mix, and other Pesach food items have been shipped and in ten days or so should be ready for distribution by JCafe Kosher Shoppe.

The real spirited high of Purim is the unity and ‘beyachad’ (togetherness) which catapulted me to exhilaration.

Sometimes we Jews are skeptical about our cohesion and commonality. It’s fashionable to ‘kvetch’ about our intolerance and highlight the differences between us.

But I am supremely optimistic about belonging to the most incredibly united nation in the world. When ‘push comes to shove’ we are united. in a way that is insane and defines rational explanation.

A phrase from more than a decade ago jumps into my mind.

‘Lihyot Yehudi, Zeh Guarantee’

להיות יהודי זה גאראנטי

It’s a mix of Hebrew and English and only rhymes if you use the original respective languages.

In English this means ‘being a Jew is a guarantee’.

The author of that slogan is a Jew by the name of Yosef. Here is the story behind that slogan.

More than a decade ago, I received a call from the Shliach in Cambodia….who had received a call from the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok that was overseeing matters relating to Israeli’s in Cambodia.

The call to R’ Butman was about a man was in hospital in a small village in Cambodia called ‘Ko Kong’. Rabbi Butman traveled five hours by taxi from Phnom Penh, a harrowing journey, to get there. He discovered a seventy-year-old Israeli Jew who looked like he was close to dying. He literally looked like a sack of bones. The ‘hospital’ was not more than a rural clinic. It was decided that rather than bringing him to Phnom Penh, which was already very far, it was worth traveling an extra hour to reach Bangkok where the hospitals are better and there is nonstop flight to Israel. We had a car take him to the border of Thailand and organized an ambulance from one of the Thai hospitals to pick him up from the border.

I remember receiving him at the ICU in one of the hospitals in Bangkok and am thankful that you cannot smell what I smelled when the doors of the ambulance opened. It was unforgettably putrid. He had obviously been neglected for quite some time. After several weeks in hospital Yosef healed thank G-d.

During his time in hospital, Yosef, who was penniless, and being fed and cared for by us his fellow Jews, came up with the slogan

‘Lihyot Yehudi zeh guarantee’.

What he was saying in a simple slogan contains the deepest truth.

Notwithstanding his physical and spiritual bankruptcy and even his stated future plans which did not at all fit with the Torah, he had been saved. Just because he was a Yehudi he had had been cared for by other fellow Jews. Simply because he has a neshama and therefore he and we, all of us who took care of him, are one.

(And because of that Ahavat Yisrael the Shliach in Cambodia came armed with tefillin and a shofar as it was the month of Elul. Yosef in his delirious state recounted that the shofar blast was so strong it shook the very building….

When the Shliach wrapped tefillin with him it became clear that he knew some basic prayers. The rabbi said the words ‘Shma Yisrael’  and Yosef continued by saying ‘Hashem Elokenu Hashem Echad’. When the Shliach prompted Yosef to say the next paragraph of the Shema ‘Ve’ahavta, you shall love, which continues ‘et Hashem Elokecha’, Hashem your G-d, Yosef in his state of confusion continued, ‘lereacha kamocha…..’ i.e. he instinctively recited the verse ‘you shall love your fellow as yourself’. Quite providential as indeed this verse, Veahvta Lreacha Kamocha is G-d’s instruction for mutual responsibility between Jews).

I thought of this story, because during the past few days I have been busy with helping N., a Jew who fell unexpectedly ill in Phitsanulok. N. came to Thailand to do a mitzvah to visit an ailing friend. But then he too fell ill in the hotel and was taken to a hospital. Too ill to speak. His sister called me from the USA quite frantic. All she knew was that her brother was in a hospital in Thailand and too ill to speak. After a few hours she found out that he was in Phitsanulok. My secretary called the hospitals and located him. I had a kindhearted community member fly down from Bangkok and pay a personal visit on my behalf. Please G-d N. will recover but, in the meantime, he will need some nursing care which we have arranged. N. is blessed that he has siblings who are stepping in to make sure he is cared for and that he has fellow Jewish brothers and sisters in Thailand that are able to facilitate and coordinate his care.

It brought back to mind that story with Yosef from some eleven or twelve years ago.

The statement still echoes in my ear.

‘Lihyot Yehudi, Zeh Garauntee’.

To be Jewish is to have a guarantee that you belong to a large family that cares for you. Unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

We are one united Jewish family.

The togetherness of Purim that was experienced at the communal celebrations, is please G-d about to get even better. Especially here in Thailand. I anticipate that the large joyous and united crowds of Purim will be outdone by the even larger communal Pesach Seders that we are looking forward to blessedly host.

Purim and Pesach are so much about celebrating TOGETHER. As we have all painfully learned during the restrictions of Covid. Purim under Covid lockdown was just not at all the same. And Pesach in solitude was sheer suffering for so many people.

This is not just incidental.

Purim and Pesach share the common theme of Jewish Unity because the GEULAH – liberation and redemption, of Purim and Pesach are centered around unity.

What is most striking about the Purim and Pesach stories, is the absolute hate that Pharaoh and Haman had for the Jewish people regardless of their tribal or familial affiliation. And regardless of their level of devoutness.

In the story of Pesach and then Purim, the Jewish People as a collective was in grave danger and Hashem made a miracle and they were saved.

It hasn’t changed. Our enemies, the virulent antisemites that sadly still exist in our world, have a desire to harm each one of us.

We need to fortify and strengthen ourselves to be stronger than our enemies. Not just militarily and with brute strength, which are limited, but with G-d’s protective blessings which are unlimited and invincible.

Let us take a deeper look at the ‘cosmic’ underpinnings to the near disaster of Purim. What enabled the diabolical Hamanic threat?

Our sages point to the verse that following verse (Esther 3:8):

Haman said to King Achashverosh, "There is one nation, scattered and dispersed among the nations

Haman wished to imply that the Jewish people were not united and thus vulnerable.

It was not just a statement of fact that Haman made to Achashverosh. There was a deeply existential phenomenon that Haman was exposing. And Haman understood this to be the weak point of the Jewish people at that time.

The fragmentation of the Jewish People divested them of the G-dly protection promised to them. It made them vulnerable.

The Jewish response at the time of the Purim story was, "Go gather all the Jews"(Esther 4:16).

Jewish unity would be the antidote to Haman's slander.

When we Jews are united, we are armed with a supernatural G-dly protection that makes us indestructible.

This is also the reason for the special and unique interpersonal mitzvahs of Purim. If you notice, the theme of the specific practices of Purim are unity amongst the people. Sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.

Purim is a holiday one cannot celebrate alone.

My friends, we do not need a Pharaoh, a Haman or a Hitler may their names be obliterated to unite us.

We need to learn to celebrate together.

To agree to differ.

Yet at the same time recognize our shared origin and our common destiny.

And let us stop being so pessimistic about our ability to unite.

Don’t try to solve the global problems. Start locally. Do do one more deed of love and caring and sharing to a fellow than you are currently doing.

How about choosing a ‘fellow’ who you don’t feel such ‘fellowship’ towards.

Reach out in love to someone who thinks differently than you.

Engage with someone who you don’t naturally want to hang out with, and say a friendly word.

This is what I absolutely love about our Jewish life in Thailand.

The unity.

The brother/sister/hood.

Feasting together.

Singing together.

Rejoicing together.

Forgetting our arguments.

Highlighting our common aspirations and dreams.

If I daresay so, we need to export back to Israel the Ahavat Yisrael that Jews feel while traveling here and celebrating in unison.

It’s a holy undertaking. And it’s an achievable one.

As I am about to head off to the USA to raise funds for the deficit associated with the large communal Seders which we will be hosting throughout Thailand (Phuket and Ko Samui probably win the worldwide contest for the largest Seders in the world), I am imbued with this sense of mission.

The mission that you and I agree on, the mission of AM YISRAEL CHAI.

It’s simple. If we act like an AM – a nation, of YISRAEL – with the values of Judaism, we will be CHAI – alive and vibrant.

Let’s go for it.

Rabbi Yosef Kantor

PS To reemphasize. This is a practical take away message from the Megillah.

Jewish unity.

Additionally, this year we find ourselves in the year of Hakhel, gathering.

The Torah portion of this week as well Ki Tisa, teaches us of the half shekel in which we are reminded that without another Jewish person we are only half.

So, all the arrows are pointing in the same direction. Jewish unity. It is dependent on each on every one of us to do our part.

With blessings for the immediate redemption Amen. 

Joyous and Inspired

By the Grace of G-d

Dear Friend,

How are you?

I am joyous and inspired thank G-d.

I have been seeing G-d everywhere these days.

Perhaps it has to do with the absence of G-d’s name in the Megillah.

What? The great and uber-celebrated miracle of the Megillah omits G-d’s name?

Yes. You heard right.


It’s a much-discussed topic. For further reading click Why isn’t G-d’s name mentioned in the Megila and Miracles Masked and The Shushan Files watch my newly recorded ‘moment of wisdom’ video here.

In brief, (without giving you the ‘gantzeh megilla’ aka the ‘long version’), G-d is there in the Megillah. But His presence is hidden. If you take a moment to look beneath the veneer you will see Him.

The tapestry of the Megillah has G-d ‘woven’ into every fiber. The intricate story with its unpredictable twists and turns, leading to Haman’s downfall and Mordechai and Esthers elevation is indicative of G-d detailed providence.

From the Megillah we learn and infer that G-d is here with us in our times as well, in our daily ‘grind’. It does however take a dose of meditative reflection to ‘join the dots’ and recognize the otherwise hidden presence of G-d in the minutiae of our lives.

There was a Gem Show last week in Bangkok. I attended the prayers and Shabbat meal that were held at the Shangri-La Hotel (the hosts of the event, the Even Chen Synagogue, has its permanent location in nearby at the Novotel Silom. To accommodate the larger crowd of overseas gem dealers we held services at Shangri-La).

After the Friday night Shabbat dinner, I started to say my Shabbat Shalom’s before I headed off for my hour-plus walk home to Sukhumvit 22. Mr. L. one of the attendees at the dinner asked me something about Beth Elisheva Synagogue in Sukhumvit. I naturally assumed that Mr. L. was staying for Shabbat at or near Shangri-La and made a comment to that effect. Mr. L. turned a bit red and said, ‘I want to be honest, actually I am staying tonight in a hotel in the Sukhumvit Rd area …’. I said, oh, so join me on my walk. He said he didn’t feel he would be able to manage the walk.

Mr. N., a friend of Mr. L., who was also visiting for the show, noticed the conversation and spoke up. ‘Come stay with me in my room in the Shangri-La hotel, I have two beds’. Mr. L. asked, ‘do you really mean it’? Mr. N. responded that yes, he was serious about the invitation and indeed Mr. L. slept the night in his friend’s room and thus kept the Shabbat properly.

I was inspired. After Shabbat I called Mr. N. to tell him how special it was that he initiated the sharing of his room with his friend for the sake of keeping the Shabbat holy. Mr. N. told me ‘Now I would like to share with you why I had two beds in my room. When I came to check-in to the hotel they told me that my pre-ordered king-size bedroom was not ready and I would have to wait a few hours. I told them that I wanted to go to work at the gem fair and couldn’t wait that long. After the long flight from NY, there was no way I could go to work without a shower. The hotel told me that I would agree to take a twin-bed room, I could receive it immediately. I decided to take the twin beds. Now I know why’.

It got me thinking about the myriad details that Hashem had to coordinate for this special keeping of Shabbat. The timing and the conversations had to be immaculately and precisely coordinated so that Mr. N. would hear Mr. L. and I talking. Mr. N. did a wonderful mitzvah by choosing to invite Mr. L. to spend Shabbat with him. The hotel staff at the Shangri-La hotel had to make the right offer. Who knows how many guests checked in and checked out on that day, which led to the hotel not having a king-size bed and only having twin beds at the precise moment that Mr. N. wanted to check in. Just to add to the plot, afterwards there were people who wanted a twin-bed room but there were none to be had. There was a shortage of twin-bed rooms. The fact that Mr. N. had one unintentionally was highly unusual. The unseen Hand of G-d.

On Sunday, after finishing the JLI lesson I decided to visit the kosher food dining room at the gem show. I went to see one or two friends who were exhibiting. One of them told me ‘I met Gilad, and he whispered in my ear that he would have put on Tefillin at the kosher food dining hall but forgot to do so. Perhaps you want to find him and offer him to put on tefillin’.

I took up the mission and looked for Gilad at the booth he was exhibiting at. But he wasn’t there. I figured to myself that looking for him in the large hall wouldn’t be feasible and headed off to the exit.

Right there, in my path was Gilad and his senior partner. I asked Gilad if he would like to put on Tefillin and he responded enthusiastically.

We went back to the booth and put on tefillin.

To me it was all in a day’s work. Thank G-d I get many opportunities to share the mitzvah of Tefillin with fellow Jews. I saw that Gilad was beaming with joy (see below picture) but I didn’t realize that there was more to the story.  

In Gilad’s words: ‘For two weeks straight I have been putting on Tefillin daily (except for Shabbat of course). I didn’t miss a day. It never happened to me that I was consistent about this for such a long period. Only today I missed putting on Tefillin. And then the rabbi came looking for me at the show and I got to put on Tefillin just before the end of the day. I am so emotionally touched. Thanks for all’.

What Divine Providence and how many myriads of details had to come together to set this rendezvous up. I almost didn’t go to the show that afternoon. I almost didn’t go to say hi to the friend who told me about Gilad. After looking for Gilad and not finding him I was on the way to leave the show and Hashem led me directly to Gilad.

I was so touched and uplifted by this story.

And once we are on the topic of Tefillin and Divine Providence.

Mr. I. recently reminded me that a number of years ago he had taken a business trip to Myanmar and discovered that he had left his Tefillin in the bag that he had left in his Bangkok hotel. Mr. l. looked for someone with Tefillin in Myanmar but did not find. After two days he arrived back in Bangkok and resumed his daily Tefillin prayer. But he felt really bad and came to see me.

‘Rabbi Kantor, since my bar mitzvah I have never missed a day of wearing tefillin, and now for the first time, I missed out two days of Tefillin, what shall I do’.

I recalled that sometimes the Rebbe would answer people in similar situations that they should influence someone else in the observance of the Mitzvah that they had omitted. In this way they would be ‘regenerating’ and ‘replenishing’ the ‘kedusha-energy’ that was missing due to their omission. I asked Mr. I. if he had any friends who don’t put on tefillin regularly. He told me that he had one friend who was not a regular Tefillin donner. I suggested that he ask him to put on Tefillin for at least two days. Mr. I. called his friend, and without telling him why, asked him to put on Tefillin for the next two days. His friend agreed without asking why.

Mr. I. shared with me, ‘it’s quite a few years now since then, and my friend has been putting on tefillin daily, ever since’.

I share these stories to thank Hashem publicly for the incredible detailed Divine Providence that He shows me.

I have had many other instances during the past ten days when details that seemed random turned out to be precisely timed and positioned. I don’t share them here, as the article would be too long, and I think by now my point is clear.

I invite you to take a moment to put on ‘Megillah glasses’. To try and find the Divine Providence and Hashem’s guiding hand in all of the details of your life.

It is so liberating to know that He is in charge.

Reading the Megillah and seeing how the tragic near-decimation of the Jews is totally transformed to the extent that the Jewish people of that time had ‘light, joy, gladness and honor’ ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר   leads into the extreme joy and celebration that Purim is celebrated with.

About this holiday it says that our joy should be unbridled.

Let us celebrate Purim in the way it is meant to be.

By fulfilling the four mitzvahs of Purim

Hearing the Megillah on the eve of Purim and on the day of Purim (Monday evening and Tuesday day).

Give to the Needy. (Matanot La’evyonim)

Send food gifts to friends (Mishloach Manot).


May the camaraderie and joy of Purim be immediately joined by the joy and liberation of the greatest and most yearned for joy of all, the coming of Mashiach.

Rabbi Yosef Kantor

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