Monday, June 15, 2009

Halocho #348 - How is today related to Purim?

Today - Monday - more than 2,300 years ago, Esther and Mordechai dispatched the second royal decree informing the Jews that they may defend themselves against Haman's original decree of total annihilation.

When finding out joyous tidings or upon hearing good news from a reliable source, one says a Bracha.

If the good news only affects oneself, then one says Shehechiyanu; "... who has kept us alive, sustained us and permitted us to reach this occasion."

ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם - שהחינו וקימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה

If the good news affects a group of people then one says Hatov Vehametiv; "..Who is Good, and bestows good."

ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם - הטוב והמטיב

If one cannot say the Bracha right away - due to an unclean location or unwashed hands - then one can say it later, as long as one still feel joy.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 59:1,3

- Danny Monday, 23 Sivan 5769

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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