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Purim Commitment
Purim Commitment

What does the holiday of Purim have to do with Jews reconnecting to their Jewish heritage? Purim is more than a celebration of…

Her Other Name
Her Other Name

Do you have a Hebrew name that’s different than your legal name? The custom of giving children both secular and Hebrew names is not a modern tradition…

The Fast of Esther
The Fast of Esther

How Esther responded when her uncle Mordechai requested she present herself, unbidden, before King Achashverosh…

Who Was Mordechai?
Who Was Mordechai?

There are some people in this world who always seem to be right in the thick of the action. This was Mordechai…

May His Name Be Erased
May His Name Be Erased

Although noisemakers are not mentioned in the Book of Esther, they are one of the items most frequently associated with…

Purim’s “Lesser” Villains
Purim’s “Lesser” Villains

Anyone familiar with the basic Purim story knows that the primary enemy of the Jewish people was…

The Four Mitzvot of Purim
The Four Mitzvot of Purim

This year, Purim will be celebrated on Thursday, March 5th (beginning Wednesday evening, March 4th, after sunset). Four mitzvot are associated with…

Costume Time
Costume Time

Those who first hear about the custom of wearing Purim costumes might assume that the tradition began as…

The Sabbath of Remembering
The Sabbath of Remembering

This Shabbat is Shabbat Parashat Zachor, the Sabbath of Remembering.The Torah portion that is read…

Aishet Chayil and Esther
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…

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