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Jewish Holidays

Purim: Petition and Perspective

March 13, 2019, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein With the approach of every holiday, one should try to find the themes or major essence of the holiday and see that connection in the liturgy and in the laws and customs of that holiday. While Purim is a holiday of joy and redemption, what thread […]

All About Mishloach Manot

March 12, 2019, by

The Origin of the Practice to Send “Shalach Manos” In the aftermath of the Jews’ salvation from Haman’s plot, the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) instituted four rabbinic mitzvot to be performed on Purim: reading the megillah, eating a festive meal, giving gifts of money to the needy, and sending portions of […]

Is Silence Golden?

March 12, 2019, by

Mordechai commanded Esther not to reveal her origins like Rachel who remained silent when Lavan switched her for Leah. Both were rewarded for their silence. When Pharaoh asked his advisors what to do about the Jews Iyov remained silent and he suffered as a result. Why were Esther and Rachel rewarded for their silence while […]

The Truth Behind the Mask

March 11, 2019, by

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid – Rav Nachman of Breslav That the Ba’alei HaKabalah find mystical connections and meanings in things large and small is a credit to their insight and spirituality. Still, when they draw a direct connection between Purim and Yom Kippurim it feels […]

What is Purim?

March 8, 2019, by

What is Purim? Purim is the most joyous day in the Jewish calendar, celebrating the defeat of Haman, one of the most evil and vicious antagonists in all of human history, as recorded in the biblical book of Esther. Because of a slight to his own massive ego, Haman decreed death on the Jews of […]

Adar, Purim and the Joy of Being a Jew

March 5, 2019, by

As Adar Begins … One of the most beloved of all our halachot is, “When Adar arrives, we increase simcha, joy.” Without a doubt, there is a unique quality to the joy of Adar, and many feel the simcha of Purim has a special, vibrant character all its own. What is this special Purim simcha? […]