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  • On Purim, answering to a higher grogger

    March 7, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    On Purim, can we really blot out the memory of an evil like Haman, who threatened our very existence, with a noisemaker?

    When in a popular Purim song we sing “Hava narishah-rash, rash, rash,” “Wind your noisemakers,” all that “rashing” does momentarily make the darkness go away....

  • Is Haman alive today? Purim & Happiness!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 22, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins tonight, is a joyous time of celebration. The story of the Book of Esther is familiar: In the 4th century BCE, the Persian King Ahasuerus fell under the influence of his evil prime minister Haman, who resented the Jews who refused to bow...

  • Haman’s fall: Diaspora dreams in the Biblical Book of Esther

    March 6, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Even if you’re a serious student of the Bible, you might not know what the Book of Esther is doing there, in the Bible. Don’t worry though, nobody else knows either. Although it tells of near-tragedy, it is written melodramatically, almost as a farce; and it is very hard to read...

  • Obama conference call with rabbis covers education, the meaning of the shofar, support for Israel

    September 18, 2008 | 12:56 am

    Barack Obama told a conference call of rabbis this morning that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools.

    Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call, Obama said he opposes "vouchers" for private schools, but would continue...
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  • VideoJew explores the Purim hangover…at Chabad Purim party

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2008 | 12:33 pm

    Purim may be over, but the holiday is most likely still in our systems.  For me, the Purim hangover is never easy.  My body aches thanks to several consecutive sets of hora dancing.  My stomach aches from an overdose of flour, eggs and raspberry preservatives.  But most of all my...

  • Get a Life, George

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I've watched few "Seinfeld" episodes, but one stands out in my mind. During a double date, George inadvertently offends Jerry's date, Jody. After George learns from Jerry that Jody doesn't like him, George falls all over himself for a second chance to make a good impression.

    After...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    We read the story of Queen Esther, Megillat Esther, twice – on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Let's see if you know the story.

    Put the parts in the right order.

    __Mordechai tells Esther Haman's plan.

    __Mordechai will not bow to Haman. Haman decides to kill all the Jews on...

  • Purim Pastries

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Purim, sometimes called the Feast of Esther, is one of the happiest of all Jewish holidays. It marks the liberation of the Jews from the cruel prime minister, Haman, through the heroism of the beautiful and good Queen Esther. The story states that she was a vegetarian while in the...

  • Baskets Full of Joy

    By Julie G Fax

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jews of ancient Persia celebrated their unlikely salvation from Haman with gifts of food to each other, they probably didn't go for the tropical-themed basket with gummy fish, rock candy and dried papaya, wrapped in a sweep of turquoise cellophane.

    Clearly, the holiday...

  • Our Purim Story

    By Lisa Morgan

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Our family's Esther was an 11-year-old girl, a petite and doe-eyed child with a profound sense of physical and temperamental modesty. She attended a large urban middle school, and this was her first year moving from class to class, her first year of boy-ask-girl school dances, her...