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Jewish Holidays

Creative Gift Baskets For Purim

February 22, 2007, by

If you feel like a basket case as Purim approaches and are searching for interesting items for your mishloach manot gift baskets, read on! You’ll find lots of tasty treats that are sure to please family and friends. Your baskets will runneth over! The best-known treat for Purim is hamantaschen, those scrumptious three-cornered pastries shaped […]

Megillat Esther Summary: Part II

July 2, 2006, by

For part 1 click here The Golden Scepter On the third day of her fast, Esther donned her royal robes; according to the Midrash, it was the Holy Spirit that clothed her. She stood facing the throne. “The ball is now in the court,” as they say, of Achashverosh. His is the next great decision. […]

Megillat Esther Summary: Part I

June 30, 2006, by

The Beginning of the Megilah – Another Feast! The Megilah begins by informing us that its historical context is the Persia-Media of King Achashverosh, who then ruled over the Empire. That empire encompassed one hundred twenty seven states and provinces (definitely not to be confused with the one hundred twenty seven righteous years of our […]

Wine: Connection Between Purim and Pesach

June 29, 2006, by

Purim is the beginning of the period when one is required to begin reviewing the laws of Pesach. Purim and Pesach are related in a number of ways, but here I’ll discuss the role of “yayin,” wine, in the celebration of each. In connection with Purim, the Talmud says, “A person is obligated to drink […]

Purim and Yom kePurim

June 29, 2006, by

There is a puzzling statement by one of the most famous Rabbis, and experts in Kabbalah (Jewish mystical knowledge), of the last millennium, Rabbi Isaac Luria (known as the Arizal), who lived in the middle 1500’s in the beautiful city of Safed (Tzefat), in Israel. Commenting on the Jewish festival of Purim (which begins this […]

Parshat Zachor

June 29, 2006, by

The Mishnah Berurah (O.C. 685:1:1) explains in the name of rabbinic authorities that Parshas Zachor is read on the Shabbos prior to Purim because of the exhortation to eliminate Amalek, from which Haman stemmed, and to relate the mitzvah of obliterating the memory of Amalek to its execution on Purim during the days of Mordechai […]

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