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Who Was Achashverosh?
March 10, 2014 – 12:03 am
Who Was Achashverosh?

“Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus–this is Ahasuerus who reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over a hundred and seven and twenty provinces…” (Esther 1:1).While academic scholars struggle to identify Achashverosh (perhaps Ataxer…

The Four Mitzvot of Purim
March 9, 2014 – 12:06 am
The Four Mitzvot of Purim

This year, Purim will be celebrated on Sunday, March 16th (beginning Saturday evening, March 15th, after sunset). Four mitzvot are associated with the holiday…

The Purim Commitment
March 9, 2014 – 12:03 am
The Purim Commitment

What does the holiday of Purim have to do with Jews reconnecting to their Jewish heritage?

Aishet Chayil and Esther
March 7, 2014 – 1:05 am
Aishet Chayil and Esther

On Friday nights it is customary to sing a selection of verses from the final chapter of the Book of Proverbs (31:10-31) known as Aishet Chayil, A Woman of Valor. At this time of year [pre-Purim], one particular Jewish heroine stands out…

The Whole Megillah
March 7, 2014 – 1:03 am
The Whole Megillah

Whether it’s a long-winded tale, or a story overloaded with details — it’s called a “whole megillah!” (In “the old country” they would have said…

Counting Shabbat
March 6, 2014 – 1:05 am
Counting Shabbat

“And the maiden [Esther] pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily provided her with…

House of Devotion
March 5, 2014 – 1:05 am
House of Devotion

It is often said that the foundation of Jewish life is the home. This statement acknowledges the vital role of the family in bringing Judaism to life. If a love and passion for Judaism is expressed in the home, most often these feelings will be transmi…

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Purim
March 4, 2014 – 2:57 pm
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Purim

It is common to greet one another on Purim in Hebrew, “Chag Purim Sameach,” which translates, “Happy Purim holiday.” It is less common to use the greeting, “Is that a Hamantashcen in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?”

Alexandra and Barry: “Thank you Jewish geography, and JDate!”
March 4, 2014 – 2:54 pm
Alexandra and Barry: “Thank you Jewish geography, and JDate!”

The funny thing is that when Alex and Barry started talking on JDate they realized they were actually friends with several of the same people (their second date was a birthday party for one of those friends).

The Reward of Honoring Shabbat
March 4, 2014 – 1:05 am
The Reward of Honoring Shabbat

According to the wisdom of the sages, there is no way to “over-spend” on Shabbat. As it is said, “One who lends to Shabbat…

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