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On Yom Kippur we fast and pray, on Purim we party. Yet the Zohar sees the two days as intrinsically similar.
Purim derives its name from the lots cast by Haman. It is not some incidental detail but the single event that most expresses what Purim represents.
With their joy the Jews rejected their uniqueness as a nation under the special protection of G-d. To save the Jews Esther knew they had to reconnect to G-d