Purim commemorates a miracle –
shouldn’t Hallel should be said? […]
On Passover, Hallel can be said, for we recite there “Give praise servants of the Lord” – and not servants of Pharaoh!
On Purim however, can we really recite “Give praise servants of the Lord” – and not servants of Ahashverosh!? Why, now we indeed are servants of Ahashverosh!
Talmud Bavli Megillah 14a and Arakhin 10a
"פורים דאיכא ניסא לימא! [...]
בשלמא התם, הללו עבדי ה' - ולא עבדי פרעה,
הכא הללו עבדי ה' - ולא עבדי אחשורוש?
אכתי עבדי אחשורוש אנן".
תלמוד ערכין י ע"א
|Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross, |
master of overturned categories
17. It is preferable for a person to be generous in his donations to the poor than to be lavish in his preparation of the Purim feast or in sending portions to his friends, for there is no greater and more splendid joy than gladdening the hearts of the poor, the orphans, the widows, and the converts.
One who brings happiness to the hearts of the unfortunate resembles the Divine Presence, who seeks "to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive those with broken hearts."
Although all memories of the difficulties endured by our people will be nullified… the celebration of the days of Purim will not be nullified, as Esther 9:28 states: "And these days of Purim will not pass from among the Jews, nor will their remembrance cease from their seed."