Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

By:
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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TZAV, Leviticus: 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
Purim is the strangest of Jewish holidays, and Megillat Esther is a strange biblical book. One of the many peculiar aspects of the holiday is the role of the consumption of alcoholic beverages. There are no less than six drinking parties in the book of Esther, four initiated by King Achashverosh or Queen Vashti and two by Queen Esther. The...
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By:
Jon Erlbaum
In the fifth-century BCE, the Jews of the Persian Empire were weakening in their commitment to Judaism. To make matters worse, the evil Haman decided he wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people -- all in one bloody day! Consulting the stars, Haman calculated that the month of Adar would be the most favorable time to attempt his all-in-one-day "final...
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Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
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Rabbi David Gutterman
I've played it on two continents and answered the questions wrong in two languages. It's a television game show called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" -- and, yes, it's already in Israel. So let's play. The category is fifth-grade American history. Question: What do these famous people -- Richard Johnson, George Dallas and William King -- have in...
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At a recent Saint Joseph's University event -- one which was supposed to examine Israel's 60th anniversary from the perspective of Catholic-Jewish relations -- the two participants actually spent a good part of the time discussing Islam, especially the struggle in the Muslim world between religious moderates and those extremists now calling for a jihad against the West. The Jewish...
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