Category Archives: Jewish History

Yom Hashoah – Reflections from Poland

Apr 10, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
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This Thursday, we will commemorate Yom Hashoah – the Jewish calendar’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, the day is marked by a national minute of silence, lowered flags, and official ceremonies held by the Government and Rabbinate. Across the world, communities hold memorial services and give their remaining Holocaust survivors a platform from which to share their stories. Another popular event held around this time of year is the March […]

 

Purim Story Summary

Feb 20, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
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Purim Story Summary Introduction King Achashverosh reigns over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. In the third year of his reign, he made a magnificent 180-day feast for the nobles of his lands, followed by a week-long feast for the people of Shushan, his capital city. Queen Vashti throws a party in her house for the women. The drunk king commands the queen to appear before his party wearing nothing […]

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Purim: An Overview

Feb 16, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein

The next holiday in the Jewish calendar is Purim. It has everything: a gripping story, fabulous costumes, delicious food and engaging, exciting customs and commands. Here’s everything you need to know about Purim: There are four official Purim mitzvot – commandments. They are: 1) Megilla The megilla is a special scroll on which the Purim story is written. We listen to the story, which is sung to its own special […]

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