This is possibly the most impactful D’var Torah I have ever heard.
All year long, if you are approached by a person seeking financial assistance, there are halachos regarding checking to see if that person is really needy. However, this is not so on Purim. On Purim, the halacha is as follows: “Kol HaPoshet Yad Notnim Lo”– whoever stretches out a hand [asking for help] we give them.” (Shulchan Aruch Siman 694:3). We are literally not allowed to say no to anyone who asks for money on Purim.
The same applies to our prayers on Purim. All year round, when we ask of anything from Hashem, He could check over our deeds before determining whether to grant our requests. However, on Purim, anything we ask for, Hashem just gives it to us. Whoever stretches out a hand, asking for help, Hashem will give them.
Now don’t treat this as just a cute D’var Torah. I heard this from R’Asher Balanson 20 years ago who stressed that we shouldn’t waste this opportunity. We should literally find an empty room where we could just pour out our hearts to Hashem and ask for whatever we want. Do this multiple times over Purim if you can. There is no better opportunity! Everyone considers Yom Kippur to be the holiest day of the year. But remember that it is called “Yom Kippurim” which could be translated as “A day like Purim.” Think about it. What we think is the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, is just comparing itself to the holiness of Purim!
I am intentionally posting this D’var Torah the day before Purim so you can properly prepare yourselves for this awesome opportunity. Please don’t waste it.