Tag Archives: Purim

From Israel: “A Fine Line”

Purim is upon us – it will be celebrated after Shabbat, except for Jerusalem, a walled city, which celebrates Shushan Purim a day later. I do not expect to write again until some time after Shushan Purim. And so I want to now wish everyone a Purim Sameach! With a …

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Oz Torah: Vashti: A fraud married to a fiction – Purim feature

VASHTI – A FRAUD MARRIED TO A FICTION. Megilat Esther, the Book of Esther, is both a narrative of historical events and a study of human dynamics. Both aspects are far from simple. Both are debated by the scholars. What really happened in the Persia of Achashverosh and Esther, and …

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Arlene in Israel: Precisely What Are They Thinking?

The good news, my friends, is that in the midst of neighboring mayhem and chaos, Israel managed to celebrate Purim late last week without mishap. This was not a sure thing, by any means, and should not be taken lightly. ~~~~~~~~~~ Three Megillot – scrolls of the Book of Esther, …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

HAMAN & MORDECHAI – REVERSE IMAGES. Countless generations have found it amusing. Some are completely scandalised. The halachah tells us that on Purim one should imbibe “until one does not know the difference between ‘Cursed be Haman’ and ‘Blessed be Mordechai'”. Maimonides does not take this too literally but thinks …

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AUJS & Hagshama – Purim in the underground… A twisted masquerade

2014 saw one of the biggest young adult (ages 18-26) Purim parties on record, with more than 200 attendants packing into beautiful Set Bar for a night to remember! The secret location was only announced on the day and added a sense of intrigue and mystery to the already exciting …

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Chag Purim Sameach – The Story of Purim

Purim is a festive Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies in the biblical Book of Esther. Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar. Purim is so-called because the villain of the story, Haman, cast the “pur” (the lot) …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ -Purim and Its Lessons

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   Today, as I write, is Tannit Ester (the Fast of Esther), which precedes Purim.  In the Megillat Esther – the story of Purim – Esther fasts before taking action to save her people from annihilation. This Shabbat is Shabbat Zahor, when the weekly …

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