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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…

What Was It About Mordechai That So Angered Haman?
What Was It About Mordechai That So Angered Haman?

According to the narrative in the Book of Esther, Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people appears to have been instigated by the fact that…

The Tribe of Menashe
The Tribe of Menashe

As descendants of the original 12 sons of Israel, the lives and personalities of the descendants of Jacob significantly impacted on the history and behavior of…

In Uniform
In Uniform

The role played by dress codes is a topic that, every few years, sparks discussion and debate. Whether the question is…

The Founder of the House of Rothschild
The Founder of the House of Rothschild

The name Rothschild echoes with a sense of wealth and fame. The House of Rothschild was one of the most powerful financial forces in…

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. As described in…

When Adar Begins
When Adar Begins

The month of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar year, begins today. The Talmud (Ta’anith 29a) states…

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