Seeing Beyond the Mask

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 12:50 pm

One of the customs associated with Purim is the practice of wearing a mask or costume. For more on this custom see Whatever the explanation is for masking, clearly it is about appearing like something you are really not. When you walk into Shul or down the street of a Jewish neighborhood on Purim, you might see a clown, who is really a serious scholar. You might see a soldier, who is the least likely to be in a fight. You might see a gangster, who is really a teacher of young children.

The takeaway from this is that we must remember that it’s all just a veneer. Beneath the surface, when you strip away the mask, the person is really something else entirely.

The Rebbe points out, that “real life” is actually the same. When we encounter someone who is arrogant, disdainful, acerbic, or ungracious, we must remember that this is only a veneer that is created by the Yetzer Hara. The reality is that the person is a pure, nice and holy Neshama – a spark of Hashem. The mask is in place due to life circumstances, a tough break, or the unceasing attempts of the Yetzer Hara at persuasion.

Let us recall to always see beyond the mask (or two in this pandemic…) and connect to people based on who they really are.

Please join us for one of our Purim events or multiple Megillah readings listed below.

Happy Purim
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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