At some point in every person’s life, G-d grants them a prophecy: a vision of himself or herself as the greatest individual they can become. In Kabbalistic language this is referred to as isarusa dleyla or an awakening from above. This prophecy is not a result of the toil of man but rather a gift […]
Esther represents the miracles of the end of days. The Gemara says all holidays will cease besides Purim. What is the association between Pesach and Purim? Understanding the difference between discovery and recognition; Why Purim is forever. Esther Wein’s new shiur for Purim.
Miriam nervously stirred the pot of overcooked lentils, as she watched Shmuel putting on his finest silk robe. “Don’t you think there is something wrong with you going to a party that celebrates our people’s downfall? Some king thinks our exile has gone beyond its prescribed seventy year limit, he throws a party to show […]
Tools for a happy Adar and beyond – by Rabbi Dave Felsenthal, Director of OU Alumni Affairs Happiness is all in our attitude & what we choose to focus on. Rabbi Dave presents a tool he learned from his rebbe Rav Noach Weinberg to master happiness.
Not knowing the difference on Purim between Blessed is Mordechai and Cursed is Haman. The greater the difference is between 2 things the more similar they appear on the surface. This forces us to focus on the intrinsic, not superficial, differences. Presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education and host of “The […]
I dunno – I just don’t know. You’d think that after 2365 years the story would be over already. Finished, old hat, dead as a doornail and utterly boring. I mean, how long can the same story keep happening, over and over again, even in up-dated versions? Yet here it is again in all its […]
Before I present this idea, yes, I know, cold cuts and hot dogs are not terribly healthy. They are also high in salt, fat, and other such lovely things. However, for the few times of year I use these ideas, they do have their purpose…and besides, they are only the side dish, not the main […]
Sometimes the meal on Purim is just a cozy one, of you and a few friends, maybe just family. Other times, before you know it, you have a real crowd to feed… what should you make??? I have done it before when a crowd was expected, and the best advice I can give is to […]