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The Enactments of Mordecai and Esther

On Purim, some people wear costumes. Some people put on plays or shows. Almost everybody eats hamantaschen (triangle shaped cookies with filling inside). And yet, while these customs are widely observed, none of them are biblical commandments. However, Jewish tradition today holds that there are four biblical […]

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The Jews and All Who Joined Them: A Purim Celebration for All Nations

One of the benefits of the Jewish yearly scriptural reading cycle is that each time we read through a text we seem to always discover something new. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time, almost without exception I discover something I have never seen before. […]

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The Fast of Esther and the Spiritual Art of War

The well-known holiday of Purim celebrates the victory of the Jews in Persia over their murderous enemies, as told in the book of Esther. It is a festive day of parties, songs, treats, and feasting. The day leading up to Purim is a bit different, however. Observant […]

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