Introducing: The Cast of the Purim Story

Mar 01, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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Carefully documented in the megilla, the Purim story has a twisted plot and complex characters. Here’s a summary of the main players and what they did: Achashverosh (Ahasuerus)  The king of Persia and its vast empire, which ranged from Ethiopia across to India and held its capital in Shushan. He was dangerous in the sense that he had no true beliefs but was instead an easily-influenced populist who told people …

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Purim: An Overview

Feb 16, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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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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A Tree Hugger’s Guide to Tu B’Shvat

Feb 08, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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This Shabbat, we will celebrate the festival of Tu B’Shvat, the New Year for trees. The day is often marked by eating 15 different kinds of fruit or holding a Tu B’Shvat seder, complete with four glasses of delicious Israeli wine! Many Jewish schools and communities use the 15th of Shvat as an opportunity to teach their students and congregants about the importance of trees and protecting the environment. It’s …

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