Holidays

The Festive Purim Meal: Seudat Purim

February 13, 2014, by

It is a Mitzvah to have a sumptuous meal on Purim, including meat and wine. This meal is held during the day. If one holds it at night, he fails to fulfill his obligation. Nevertheless, after the reading of the Megillah on the night of the 14th (in ‘unwalled cities’), or on the night of […]

Purim is Forever: A Purim Insight by Rabbi Yitzhak Hutner

February 13, 2014, by

Retold by Rabbi Pinchas Stolper Our Sages teach that when the Messiah arrives the festivals will cease to be observed, but Purim will continue to be observed. The Midrash (Mishlei 9) derives this unusual conclusion from a statement in Megillat Esther, (9:28) “the memory of Purim will never cease from among their descendants.” Why should […]

Just Say No, Even on Purim

February 13, 2014, by

by Kelly Hartog, Staff Writer Courtesy of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Religious groups are protesting drinking on Purim following a rise in teen alcoholism. One is obligated to become intoxicated on Purim until one cannot distinguish between “cursed is Haman” and “blessed is Mordechai” (Talmud, Megillah 7b). Purim is like the Jewish […]

Gifts to the Poor: Matanot l’Evyonim

February 13, 2014, by

“Acharon, Acharon Chaviv!” The Last mentioned is the most beloved! In the Megillah (9:22), where the Mitzvot of Purim are listed, this one is listed last. However, as mentioned above in connection with the “Seudah,” the Festive Meal, of Purim, providing monetary support for the poor is probably the most important of all the Mitzvot […]

“Megilat Esther”- Scroll of Esther

February 13, 2014, by

The Story of Purim Introduction Purim is known as the Holiday of the “nes nistar,” the “hidden miracle.” This is because HaShem saved the Jewish People without splitting any seas, or making mountains dance and catch fire, as he had done with Mt. Sinai, when he gave His Torah to the Jewish People there some […]

Message from Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.

February 13, 2014, by

To our esteemed rabbis and community leaders: As you know, I have been alerting the community of the increasing problem of alcohol abuse and marijuana smoking among Jewish adolescents. It is unfortunate that many people still do not accept that some of our own children are involved. This is happening to children from the finest […]

Slice of Life Recipes for Purim

February 13, 2014, by

Chocolate Heaven for Purim As my kids get older, their interest in what to wear for Purim has taken a decidedly odd turn. Long gone are the cute little Haman and Achashverosh outfits that I would piece together the night before the Megillah reading. They’ve given way to “concept statements” like going as the gallows […]

Purim and Alcohol Can be a Dangerous Mix

February 12, 2014, by

The entire month of Adar should be devoted to expressions of joy with Purim as its climax. We celebrate in numerous ways, including reading the Megilla, offering prayers of thanksgiving, sharing gifts with friends, and giving alms to the poor. We also celebrate by feasting. One component of feasting, is mishteh, drinking, and it is […]

Lessons from Achashverosh

February 17, 2013, by

And it was in the days of Achashverosh – the Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Kush – one hundred and twenty provinces. (Megilat Esther 1:1) 1.     The messages of the Megilah story The story related in Megilat Esther is constructed around the interplay between four personalities.  Mordechai and Esther are the hero and […]