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Jewish Holidays

Purim: Fresh Ideas for Mishloach Manot

February 25, 2009, by

Say the word Purim and most of us think “hamantashen.” Nothing wrong with that, both metaphorically and gastronomically. The idea of eating Haman’s hat is a delicious one: not only for the symbolic destruction of an ancient enemy who sought to destroy the Jews, but the pleasure of the soft, three cornered cookie stuffed with […]

Secrets For a Simply Delicious Purim Seudah

February 19, 2009, by

Preparing for a Purim Seudah is always a challenge, especially when you’re preparing for a large crowd. So many people, so little time! I received the following request a few days ago from one of our readers: “I have taken it upon myself to make a Purim Seudah for 40 people BE”H. I’ve never done […]

Hamantaschen Fillings

February 19, 2009, by

Hamantaschen (literally, “Haman’s Pockets”) are an age-old pastry that remind us of the Purim miracle. Sara’s family makes this recipe year after year on Purim and it consistently yields fantastic results. ½ cup margarine 2/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 2½ cups flour (part whole wheat flour may be used) 2 teaspoons […]

Maybe Next Purim

February 19, 2009, by

Every year around this time I begin to look at my children appraisingly. I assess them, like a census taker for gender, height, weight and coloring. Then, armed only with a pen and a pad and the workings of my agitated mind, I sit alone in a room and think. I am thinking, of course, […]

Every Day Purim – Every Night Kippurim

June 29, 2008, by

THE BA’ALEI HAKABALAH discovered mystical associations and parallels between Purim and Yom Kippurim. The initial kaf in Kippurim indicates that Yom Kippurim is a “day like Purim,” What a strange association! To think that the awesome Yom Kippur is in any way similar to the joyous and boisterous Purim! To imagine that the most solemn […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part XV)

March 26, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 15. Why God and Eretz Yisrael are missing as themes, overuse of the word dat, the allusions to the Beit HaMikdash, and Megillat Esther as the anti-Tanach book. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 click here For […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part XIV)

March 26, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 14. The Jews fight against their enemy. Esther comes to the king a 5th time but without the desperate plea of previous times. A description of the Purim holiday. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 click here […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part XIII)

March 26, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 13. The aftermath of Haman’s hanging, the giving over of the ring and Haman’s estate to Esther, and the new decree to counter the old decree and how it parallels it. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part XII)

March 26, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 12. Esther finally reveals her request to the king. She shows she is on his side, against Haman, and not part of a coup. Then she frames Haman. The king’s reaction. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part XI)

March 26, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 11. Esther’s scheme plays into Achashverosh’s insecurity, his suspicion of a plot, and Haman’s ego. This leads to the king’s insomnia & Haman attempting to get Mordechai hanged. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 click here For part […]

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