Until recently, I had never understood Rebbe Nachman's teaching in Likutei Moharan II:74 that Purim is preparation for Pesach. Sure, on Purim, we begin learning the laws of Pesach because religious law requires us to begin reviewing the laws of a festival thirty days before the festival, and Purim is thirty days before Pesach. Yet, once I heard a recent shiur from my beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a on the nature of the klipa (negative spiritual force) of Haman-Amalek, Hashem illuminated my eyes and the token fell in my brain with the explanation of just how Purim connects to Pesach and what our spiritual preparations for the upcoming holiday should be. Specifically, we must rid ourselves of a certain negative trait and replace it with a positive one, as we'll explain with Hashem's loving grace in today's shiur.
Don't miss today's important emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Purifying the Vocal Domain," which will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EST); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.