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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

229. Haman Pockets

I heard on Purim Night, after reading the Megillah, March 3, 1950

Concerning the eating of the Haman Tashim, meaning Haman’s Pockets, [1] he said that since “man must be intoxicated on Purim until he cannot tell between the evil Haman and the blessed Mordecai,” we eat Haman Pockets. This is so that we will remember that Haman did not give us more than pockets, vessels, and not the interior. This means that it is only possible to receive Haman’s Kelim (vessels), and not the Lights, called “internality.” This is so because the vessels of reception are in Haman’s domain, and this is what we must take away from him.

However, it is impossible to extend Lights with the Kelim of Haman. This occurs specifically through the Kelim of Mordecai, which are vessels of bestowal. But the vessels of reception were restricted. And this is explained in the verse: “Now Haman said in his heart: ‘Whom would the king delight to honor besides myself?’”

This is called “a real will to receive.” This is why he said “let royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides upon,” etc.. But in truth, Haman’s vessels, called “vessels of reception,” do not receive anything because of the Tzimtzum (restriction). All he has is a desire and a deficiency, meaning he knows what to ask. This is why it is written, “Then the king said to Haman: ‘Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew.’”

This is called “the Lights of Haman in the vessels of Mordecai,” in the vessels of bestowal.

[1] Haman’s Pockets are better known as “Haman’s Ears,” a traditional Purim pastry.

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