Sunday, 16 March 2014

Behind Our Masks, By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

~In the musical, Les Miserables, Jean Valjean was a good and decent man who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family.  Imprisoned for his crime, he is given a chance to become good and decent again only to have events he has long sought to escape come back to threaten him time and time again.  To protect his hidden status, he need only allow Javert, the police detective, to take another into custody in his stead.  But, what kind of person could allow such a thing to happen?  And so he sings, Who am I? giving voice to that deepest of human needs, to know who we truly are.

Who am I?

We are all called to ask the question and yet we wear masks, figurative and real.  They hide who we are, our emotions and personalities.   They sometimes reveal, but most often disguise, conceal, deceive, pretend, protect and allow the wearer to not be "who he is."

But if masks are so clearly deceitful, why do we wear them on Purim?  What is it that we hide and disguise on this holiday?»
Who Am I? » - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry

Kol Tuv,

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