Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775
Petit Fours will make your holiday gifts extra festive
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim, the most jubilant holiday in the Jewish calendar, is a celebration of the defeat of Haman and his heinous plan to exterminate the Jews. It's a holiday where in synagogues all over the world, there's dressing up, drinking and dancing till you're dizzy -- this is a holiday where it's permitted to get drunk. Shalach manot baskets sent to...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Purim is approaching; let the merriment begin! One of the things that makes Purim so appealing is that it's a story built around intrigue within the royal court. What other Jewish holiday centers around kings, queens and palaces? The characters are easily identifiable: Esther is beautiful, Mordecai is noble, and Haman is wicked. And in this story we win, not...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's a familiar Purim story: Esther, a young Jewish woman, famous for her beauty, is selected to become the new queen by King Achashverosh, and with assistance from her cousin Mordechai, later saves the Jewish people from annihilation by the wicked Haman. As this ancient story is retold each year on the 14th of Adar, youths and the young at...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In March 2005, as Joshua Waxman prepared for his first Purim as rabbi of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington, he asked: "Where is the Megillah?" That's when he said he was told the following: The congregation didn't have one. A Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, contains the ancient tale of the Jewish maiden who rescued her people...
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By:
Ami Eden
Children in costumes. Parents celebrating. Stories of massacres greeted with revelry. Sounds like a decent pitch for Hamas television -- if you switch the Hebrew to Arabic and ignore that it's the scene at most synagogues in the world on the night of Purim. To be fair, most of the Jews in the pews -- and for that matter, the...
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