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Recall the surrounded cities from the days of Joshua!

The times of Joshua

When we are happy on Purim for the miracles we had in the past, and "recall surrounded from the days of Joshua", we remember the great spirit of Joshua and Caleb, who stood in front of all the difficulties and defeated the fortified towns protected by a wall.
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Jerusalem and other cities that were surrounded with a wall at the time of Joshua, celebrate Purim on 15'th of Adar. This Purim is called Purim D'mukafim (Purim of surrounded) and shows a special dimension not only of Purim but of the entire month.
Maran Harav zt"l – Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook, wrote short sentences that highlight the deep meaning of each month of the year. For the month of Adar he wrote: "Those who recall the surrounded (cities) from the days of Joshua, cannot remain slaves of Ahasuerus." When we look at the depth of this sentence, we find that a great lesson of faith and trust in the continued existence of the nation, even in difficult times when we don't see signs of the strength of the nation.
At the time of Joshua, the problem was the weakness of the spies who complained and said: "Howbeit! the people that dwell in the land are fierce, and the cities are fortified, and very great." This sentence denied the ability of Israel to battle against seven nations sitting in the cities and castles. As a response, Caleb and Joshua and stood up and elevated the spirit of the people saying: "We should go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Although there are enemies in walled cities and giants, if we try we can win the war and we can overcome them.
When we are happy on Purim for the miracles we had in the past, and "recall surrounded from the days of Joshua", we remember the great spirit of Joshua and Caleb, who stood in front of all the difficulties and defeated the fortified towns protected by a wall. This joy has tremendous power; it gives us the spirit of faith and heroism.
Just like those days, when the situation was difficult on a rational level, and yet our people did not lose hope and faith in G-d's supervision, so we tell ourselves in these difficult times: "For the Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance" (Ps 94, 14). Am Yisrael is a nation of eternity! We passed through the most difficult situations in the past, and with G-d's help we will overcome hard situations we have these days. The main thing is to draw courage and confidence from Purim for future challenges.
Hopefully, we will soon see G-d's salvation of his people and his inheritance, and our people will wake up again to reconnect to the Divine source of life, which is the only source for happiness and joy, as in the days of Mordechai and Esther.

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