Purim is the happiest day on the Jewish calendar – so much so that there is an obligation to party and drink almost to the point that one cannot distinguish between how blessed is Mordechai and how cursed is Haman. Purim was established in the time of Prophets and is the only addition they made to our calendar. The Talmud explains that this was because we overcame the edict to destroy, to kill, and to wipe out all the Jews, from young lad to old man, babes and women, on a single day (Esther 3:13). There is no greater cause for joy – no better reason to establish a holiday – than being alive. Anything else we have is a bonus – how appropriate that Purim occurs in the last month of the year – because no matter what happened over the year, if we are still here then this alone is a reason for great joy.