Parah, Ki Tisa, Purim, and Snow
8 years ago, I wrote a post with an accompanying chart explaining the connection between Parashat Parah and Parashat Ki Tisa. The chart there indicates that the "drought" of Parah not falling on Ki Tisa (which I noted its beginning 4 years ago) is over and it will resume coinciding this year. As I noted there, Rashi explains that the Parah Adumah is an atonement for the sin of the Golden Calf.
We also know from the Zohar that Yom Hakippurim is really Yom Hake"Purim" - the day that is comparable to Purim, while Purim itself has a greater level of atonement. This is because while Yom Kippur achieves atonement from fear and awe, Purim achieves it from love of Hashem and our fellow Jew. The main point is that we see that Purim itself is a day of atonement.
Additionally, the Haftarah from Parashat Parah this week tells us that Hashem will sprinkle pure waters upon us and purify us.
In addition, snow is a great purifier from sin as in the verse:
|יח לְכוּ-נָא וְנִוָּכְחָה, יֹאמַר יְהוָה; אִם-יִהְיוּ חֲטָאֵיכֶם כַּשָּׁנִים כַּשֶּׁלֶג יַלְבִּינוּ, אִם-יַאְדִּימוּ כַתּוֹלָע כַּצֶּמֶר יִהְיוּ.||18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.|
Lastly, we know from Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L that we won't need the Parah Adumah right away when the Geula happens. Rather, Hashem will purify us with pure waters.
With that introduction, I want to note the following:
Chicago has had no measurable snow throughout January and February. Zero. Zilch. This is the first time that has ever happened since they kept records. And throughout Purim day, the weather was cold, but still dry so people could deliver Mishlo'ah Manot without trouble. All of a sudden, as I walk out of Purim festivities on Shushan Purim night, we start getting a nice amount of snow. And a whole lot more the next couple days too.
Why on Shushan Purim?
Perhaps, in Shamayim, Hashem is saying that our Purim atonement has been accepted and to show us this, He will make it snow starting on Shushan Purim. It's as if He were saying:
|ז לֵךְ אֱכֹל בְּשִׂמְחָה לַחְמֶךָ, וּשְׁתֵה בְלֶב-טוֹב יֵינֶךָ: כִּי כְבָר, רָצָה הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת-מַעֲשֶׂיךָ.||7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God hath already accepted thy works.|
Also note that Shushan Purim this year fell on Yom Sheni (Monday), which corresponds to the second Aliya in Ki Tisa which contains the sin of the Golden Calf, for which we need the Parah Adumah to atone for it.
And for this to happen in a year that ends the drought of Parah not falling on Ki Tisa must be more than just a coincidence.
May the stain of the Golden Calf be removed from us, may we again reach the state we were in before its creation, and may we soon be purified with the pure waters. אכי"ר.