Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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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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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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Bag a bit of Purim in the form of breakfast treats
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Linda Morel, JE Feature
Marcy Goldman still recalls the kind gesture on a Purim in the mid-1980s. Her first son had come into the world with newborn jaundice and had to stay in the hospital after Goldman, author of A Passion for Baking (Oxmoor House, 2007), was discharged. Reluctant to leave her baby -- he's now 22 and healthy -- Goldman spent some sleepless...
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When it comes to holiday decor, just what's kosher?
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It's been more than 18 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last examined whether or not decking out government property with Christmas and Chanukah symbols violates the notion of separation of church and state. The 1989 decision in County of Allegheny v. ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh wandered into the murky waters of determining what exactly constitutes a religious symbol. The...
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Hoisted onto the shoulders of her father, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Associate Rabbi Peter C. Rigler, Maya Rigler had the honor of helping light a gigantic menorah before a crowd of 500 children and adults who attended the Elkins Park synagogue's Chanukah Shabbat celebration. Photo by Leza Raffel
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