Text of a Purim Message by The Lubavitcher Rebbe
On the festival of Purim, when we all listen carefully to the reading
of the Megillah and ponder upon the story it tells us, let us all remember
a few important details and facts that took place in those days at this
There arose a Haman, who issued a decree to murder and destroy all
Jews at a fixed date.
Queen Esther then calls upon Mordechai to "gather all the Jews
and fast" and then she would go and plead with the King to rescind
the terrible decree.
Mordechai thereupon goes and gathers tens of thousands
of Jewish children and teaches them the Torah; he teaches them the procedure
of offering the Omer when the Beit-Hamikdash would be rebuilt.
All the children
are so enchanted by the new spirit that Mordechai had inculcated into them,
that even facing the danger of death, they exclaim: We stick with Mordechai
and the Torah - for life or death!
In that very same day the decree becomes
null and void. Haman's downfall is already assured and the Jews are saved,
even though they learn of it only after a number of months.
The experience of our fathers is a lesson to us all.
Let us remember
that one of the chief means of frustrating the Hamans of our time, bring
about their downfall, and bring light and joy to our people is:
TO GATHER JEWISH CHILDREN AND TEACH THEM TORAH AND YIDDISHKEIT!
To tell them that the true and complete redemption really lies in our own hands, for as soon
as we Jews return to G-d in complete repentance - we are redeemed immediately,
by our Righteous Messiah.
To tell them further, that our Holy Beit-Hamikdash will be rebuilt soon,
and we must all be worthy and prepared to serve our G-d in the Holy Sanctuary.
On the day when the Jewish children are imbued with this spirit, and are
ready to exclaim - "We remain with thee, our Torah, for life or death"
- on that very day, our Torah assures us, all the Hamans will be defeated,
and all Jews will have 'light, gladness, joy, and respect,' speedily in