Check out my cute little Natan, a.k.a. BATYAM!
This is a BIG week for me - and not just because my kids are going to be home until Sunday (G-d help me.)
Today, the 12th of Adar, is my Nachman's 6th birthday! HOORAY! And then, of course, it's Purim! HOORAY!! And then, on the 18th of Adar, it's my little Batyam's 4th birthday! HOOOOO to the RAYYYY!!
I can't say for sure that I'm going to be sick of eating birthday cake and hamantashen (those little triangular cookies that are supposed to resemble Haman's ears.)
You know the story, right? Haman was famous for his triangle-looking pointy ears that were so full of wax, they were oozing out globs and globs of wax. Seriously. It's a shame q-tips weren't invented back then. Maybe he wouldn't have been so bitter. But then again, would his ears be so famous if they had been clean? And shaped like human ears?
Was Haman really an elf?
Such deep questions stem from a lack of sleep and depleted of brain power due to having spent the last 8 hours wrapping 150 professional-looking Purim baskets.
Okay, I'll try to be serious for a second. But do you really want me to??
Obviously one of the most funnest, awesomest parts of Purim is that we get to put on costumes. I mean kids. And men. Unfortunately I don't see too many women around here dressing up. But that ain't gonna stop me! I'm getting dressed up as something - just not sure what.
After thinking about costumes for half a second, I suddenly realized that every day is Purim.
Not that we get drunk every day, hopefully... But that we each wear costumes and masks every single day.
You know what?
We're a bunch of fakes.
Fake smiles, fake hello's, fake concern, fake attention, fake friends on Facebook, fake friends in real life, OMG the entire world is just one big ball of FAKE.
Interestingly, the fake reality of Facebook is probably where most people get real. They feel safe behind a screen, knowing that most of the people don't know who they are, so they take off the mask and let the nasty, self-righteous, resentful person that's hiding underneath all the fakeness come out in all his glory. Hence, the incredible amounts of insults and all that good stuff.
Now there's a lot to be said for being fake. Sometimes politeness and common courtesy are preferable to getting a piece of someone's mind. It's good to have a filter. Wish I had one of those. But they don't sell them here in the Middle East, because everyone here just says what they want with ZERO filter.
It's part of the charm of the locals, I guess. LOLOLOLOL
Even this beautiful world that Hashem created for us to enjoy, as real as it feels, is fake. It's on the lowest level of reality. The spiritual world is the real world, but we can't experience it, so we can't really know it. And that's okay! Just the awareness that this world is not the Ultimate should be enough to help keep us from getting too involved in the fakeness.
So what's the answer to dealing with the fakeness (and globs of wax-filled ears)?
Rebbe Nachman says life is like a narrow bridge. It's not easy to find balance in life. But again, that's okay! It's one of the main things we're supposed to work on - how to balance the spiritual and physical worlds. Not easy!
Purim is a good reminder that the world really is a stage and everyone's an actor. Good call, Shakespeare. Hope he wasn't anti-Semitic.
Remember: sometimes fake is good, and sometimes it's not.
How ridiculously profound.
Have a wonderful, safe, and delicious Purim!
And for G-d's sake, don't drink and drive! Let your poor wife who isn't allowed to dress in costume or drink be the designated driver. I'm sure she'll really appreciate that.
Oh, and a very important p.s. from Rav Brody!
Important Notice: Rabbi Shalom Arush can be your shaliach (representative) in fulfilling the mitzvoth of Zecher Machtzit Hashekel (commemoration of the mitzva of giving the half shekel) and Matanot L'evyonim (gifts to the poor) on the day of Purim. Simply Donate to Emuna Outreach during the coming days before Purim and Rabbi Arush will make sure that the money will be distributed on the day of Purim.